LSD: 21976 animals infected across J&K, 10017 recovered

Srinagar: As many as 21976 animals have been affected with Lumpy Skin Disease (LSD), officials said on Monday.
The figures were revealed during a meeting chaired by Additional Chief Secretary (ACS), Agriculture Production Department, Atal Dulloo to review the measures taken for controlling the spread of LSD across J&K.
As per the official figures, out of total infected animals 10017 have recovered till date while the department has administered 16146 doses as well.
Director Animal Husbandry Jammu/Kashmir, representatives of SKUAST Jammu/Kashmir, Chief Animal Husbandry officers of all districts, and other concerned officials attended the meeting in person and through video conferencing.
The meeting held a threadbare discussion over the status of LSD and measures taken so far to contain it across the Union Territory while receiving feedback from the Task Force teams constituted in both the divisions of Jammu and Kashmir to contain the spread of the disease.
The ACS enquired about the status of the action taken with respect to vaccination, ban on movement of animals, fogging, rapid response teams, public awareness besides, sampling & testing and disposal of dead animals.
The meeting also discussed steps being taken to control LSD which include transmission & spread, measures for control & prevention of disease, biosecurity, isolation, disinfection, availability of medicines, and treatment.
Dulloo impressed upon the officers to fully implement all the guidelines of the government of India to contain the disease and added that in this regard three critical things need to be done viz restricting the movement of animals, isolation of diseases animals, and fogging in all the areas.
He asked both the directors to ensure the availability of required medicines in all the affected areas so that the spread can be tackled timely and directed them to increase sampling and testing in their respective areas.
He directed the concerned to run an awareness campaign door to door to make farmers aware of the disease, besides strengthening the grievance disposal mechanism.

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