Indian animal husbandry department: 185,000 cattle have been infected with "bull lump skin disease" in the country
A 'cow's lumpy skin disease' has spread across India since June this year. Recently, the latest statistics from the Indian Animal Husbandry Department show that, including the capital New Delhi, 185,000 cattle have been infected with the disease in India, and 75,000 of them have died. This is an isolation center for sick cows in New Delhi, the capital of India. The sick cows are covered with small, speckled bumps, which are typical symptoms of cattle lumpy skin disease. According to veterinarians, bovine lumpy skin disease was first detected in Zambia, Africa in 1929, and the first case was detected in India in 2019. The disease, caused by the goat pox virus, is highly contagious. Infected cows excrete the virus through oral and nasal secretions, which are then spread around through mosquito bites. More than 500 sick cows have been found in New Delhi.
Bonikar, deputy director of the Southwest Regional Animal Husbandry Bureau of New Delhi: For India, bovine lumpy skin disease is a relatively new disease. In the past three years, this disease has appeared, mainly infecting dairy cows or water buffaloes, and this year Mainly occurs in cows. The Indian government department said that since the beginning of September, 9.7 million doses of vaccines have been distributed in the affected areas, and mosquitoes have been culled on a large scale in cattle farms to break the transmission chain, and many places in India have banned the transportation and trading of cattle.
India is one of the world's major milk producers, and the spread of the lumpy skin disease has not only affected milk production, but also raised concerns about the safety of drinking milk. To this end, the Indian government departments continue to conduct popular science to the public, explaining that bovine lumpy skin disease is not a zoonotic disease and that drinking milk is safe. Bonikar, deputy director of the Southwest Regional Animal Husbandry Bureau in New Delhi: This disease is not contagious to humans. So far, there is no evidence that this disease affects humans, so people don't need to worry about it.