PAMPORE: Employees of Animal Husbandry department in Pampore area of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district have started vaccination of cattle for containing spread of lumpy skin disease.
Talking to Kashmir Reader Dr Mudasir Amin Block Veterinary Officer Animal Husbandry Pampore told that as per SOPs they lift samples of suspected cases and send them to laboratory.
” In the meantime ring vaccination is carried out in the area,” he said, adding that ring vaccination involves vaccinating all cattle surrounding the suspected case in a particular area so that it is contained within that area.
He said that they have vaccinated cattle in Patalbagh and are moving towards Samboora areas of Veterinary block Pampore.
He told Kashmir Reader that they have 600 cattle in the area and so far 400 vaccines have been given.
” We vaccinate all the cattle in our area within two to three days,” he said.
The doctor said that nasal discharge, sudden decrease in milk, high temperature and lumps in skin are some of the symptoms of the viral disease.
He said that it is a vector borne disease spread through bites of mosquitoes and other blood sucking insects.
He advised farmers to keep the surroundings around cowsheds neat and clean bereft of any bushes to keep mosquitoes and other insects at bay.
He also advised not to bring in new animals and intermingle them with other cattle as the new animal may be an infected case.
He said that it is for this reason that Deputy Commissioner Pulwama has banned interdistrict as well as intra district movement of bovine animals.
Irshad Ahmad Dad, a local resident of Patalbagh village told Kashmir Reader that they are thankful to district administration especially Deputy Commissioner Pulwama Baseer-Ul-Haq Choudhary for imposing ban on interdistrict and intra district movement of the bovine animals.
He also thanked field employees of the animal husbandry department for carrying out the vaccination drive.
He also advised farmers to take all precautionary measures to save their cattle from Lumpy skin disease.