As many as 54 animals have died as a result of the Lumpy Skin Disease (LSD), which has infected over 20,000 animals across Sindh, including 15,100 in Karachi alone.
According to official sources, an important meeting was held, presided over by Chief Secretary Mumtaz Ali Shah, and attended by the secretary and director-general of the livestock department, among others.
According to the livestock secretary, lumpy skin disease has appeared in animals in Punjab and Sindh.
“The disease has been diagnosed in 20,250 animals in the Sindh, such as 15,100 in Karachi, 3,781 in Thatta, 149 found in Hyderabad, 656 in Badin, 85 in Jamshoro, 121 in Khairpur, 91 found in Sujawal, 64 in Matiari, 35 in Shaheed Benazirabad, 124 in Sanghar, 36 in Thana Bola Khan, four in Qambar-Shahdadkot, and two each in Tand The meeting was also informed that 54 animals had died in the province as a result of the viral disease, while 4,751 had recovered.
The chief secretary decided to start a vaccination campaign in the affected areas and directed the livestock department to vaccinate the diseased animals.
He stated that, in addition to vaccination, cattle should be given other skin medications, and the movement of animals from affected areas should be prohibited.
According to meeting officials, the disease is unlikely to be transmitted from animals to humans.
In addition, the livestock department has established a helpline (0229201913) in Hyderabad.
Panic gripped cattle farmers last week as the disease spread across the province, wreaking havoc on many farms, particularly those in Karachi’s crowded Cattle Colony.