Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], September 16 (ANI): Maharashtra government has formed a state-level task force to control lumpy skin disease in the state.
The 12-member task force will be led by the Commissioner of Animal Husbandry, Pune.
The animal husbandry department has issued a Government Resolution about the same.
The task force is authorised to hold meetings with the Animal Husbandry department's officials of affected districts and representatives of vaccine producers for Lumpy skin disease.
According to the state's animal husbandry department, a total of 42 cows and buffaloes have died due to the onslaught of the Lumpy Skin Disease in Maharashtra.
The first case of Lumpy Skin Disease was reported on August 4 in Chinawal village of Raver taluka of Jalgaon district.
The virus has been found only in cows and buffaloes. There is no danger to humans in using milk of animals that do not have the symptoms of the disease. Animals can be cured from the disease, however, the milk of such animals may get affected due to the virus.
The infected cattle with Lumpy Skin Disease have been noticed in a total of 280 villages of Jalgaon, Ahmednagar, Akola, Dhule, Pune, Latur, Aurangabad, Beed, Satara, Buldana, Amravati, Osmanabad, Kolhapur, Sangli, Yeotmal, Parbhani, Solapur, Washim, Nashik and Jalna till Sunday.
As per reports, lumpy skin disease is a viral disease that affects cattle. It is transmitted by blood-feeding insects, such as certain species of flies and mosquitoes, or ticks. It causes fever and nodules on the skin and can lead to the death of the cattle.
Meanwhile, providing relief to the livestock of the country, Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Narendra Singh Tomar on August 10 launched the indigenous vaccine Lumpi-ProVac to protect livestock from Lumpy skin disease.
The vaccine has been developed by the National Equine Research Center, Hisar (Haryana) in collaboration with the Indian Veterinary Research Institute, Izzatnagar (Bareilly).
Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi assured that 100 per cent of animals would be vaccinated against Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) and Brucellosis in India by 2025.
Expressing concern over the loss of livestock due to Lumpy skin disease, PM Modi said, "In the recent past, there has been a loss of livestock in many states of India due to the Lumpy skin disease. The central government, along with various state governments, is trying to control it. Our scientists have also prepared an indigenous vaccine for Lumpy Skin Disease. We are also increasing its testing."The Prime Minister while addressing the World Dairy Summit said that India is emphasizing universal vaccination of animals.
"We are also emphasising on universal vaccination of animals. We have resolved that by 2025, we will vaccinate 100 per cent of the animals against Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) and Brucellosis. We are aiming to be completely free from these diseases by the end of this decade," he said," he said.
Ever since the disease came to India in 2019, research institutes have been engaged in developing the vaccine. (ANI)