Shillong, Meghalaya – In a concerning development, the Animal and Husbandry Minister of Meghalaya, Mr. AL Hek, has revealed that an outbreak of Lumpy Skin Disease (LSD) has affected more than 60 cattle within the past week in the state. The sudden surge in cases has raised alarm bells among farmers and veterinary authorities.
Lumpy Skin Disease, a highly contagious viral infection that primarily affects cattle, has led to visible symptoms such as fever, loss of appetite, and the formation of nodules on the skin. The disease can be debilitating for animals, causing significant distress and a decline in productivity.
Authorities have swiftly taken action to contain the outbreak and mitigate its impact. The affected cattle have been isolated and placed under veterinary care to prevent further spread of the disease. Additionally, vaccination campaigns are being organized to immunize healthy livestock in the surrounding areas, aiming to curb the transmission and protect the vulnerable population.
Animal health officials have urged farmers and livestock owners to remain vigilant and report any suspected cases promptly. Early detection plays a crucial role in preventing the further dissemination of the disease and minimizing its economic impact on the farming community.
The state government, in collaboration with veterinary experts, is actively monitoring the situation and implementing necessary measures to control the outbreak. Public awareness campaigns are also being conducted to educate farmers about preventive measures and biosecurity protocols to minimize the risk of disease transmission.
Farmers and stakeholders are advised to maintain strict hygiene practices within their livestock holdings, including regular disinfection of premises and equipment, as well as practicing proper waste management.
Efforts are underway to ensure the availability of adequate vaccines and treatment facilities to combat the spread of Lumpy Skin Disease effectively. Additionally, close coordination between the veterinary department, local authorities, and farmers is being emphasized to swiftly address any emerging challenges.
The Animal and Husbandry Minister, Mr. AL Hek, has assured the farming community that the government is committed to providing the necessary support and resources to control the outbreak. He emphasized the importance of collaborative efforts and urged farmers to cooperate with veterinary teams to protect their livestock and livelihoods.
The current outbreak of Lumpy Skin Disease in Shillong, Meghalaya serves as a reminder of the need for robust disease surveillance, prompt response mechanisms, and continued investment in livestock health. By addressing the outbreak with urgency and implementing effective preventive measures, authorities aim to safeguard the cattle population and sustain the agricultural economy of the region.
As the situation develops, further updates will be provided by the veterinary department to keep farmers and the public informed about the progress in containing the outbreak and minimizing its impact on the livestock industry in Meghalaya.