Kangan residents fear outbreak of FMD, authorities in denial

KANGAN: The residents of several villages from the central Kashmir’s Kangan area on Thursday complained about outbreak of contagious foot and mouth disease (FMD) outbreak.
The residents of various villages of Kangan including Sumbal, Fraw, Haknar , Gund, Ramwari and other adjoining areas expressed fear about outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease(FMD) in the livestock as at least two dozen cattle have already died of the disease and many cattle have been reported as ill and were in need of immediate medical treatment.
“We apprised the concerned officials about the outbreak of the disease, but they failed to do anything substantial in this regard,” Ab Majid, local Panch told Kashmir Reader.
The residents said that several bovines have been infected by the disease and the concerned department has failed to check its outbreak and urged the department of Animal husbandry to depute a team of vets to check the disease.
Chief Animal Husbandry Officer Ganderbal, Gh Qadir Shah, however, ruled out any FMD outbreak in the areas claiming that the cattle may be died due to food poisoning
He said that the cattle of Kashmir got affected due to the nomadic cattle coming from Rajouri, Poonch because they don’t vaccinate them.
He said that a team will be sent to the areas