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Goat pox vaccine ‘100% effective’ against LSD, outbreak wanes in parts of Gujarat: Rupala

ByRandall B. Phelps

Sep 8, 2022

The goat pox vaccine is also “100% effective” against lumpy skin disease (LSD), Union Fisheries, Livestock and Dairy Minister Parshottam Rupala said on Thursday as the country is battling an outbreak which has so far affected 15 lakh cattle.

The LSD outbreak has been reported in “6-7” states including Gujarat, Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh, the minister said, adding that the Center and state governments were working hard to contain its spread.

The minister said the disease has already declined in about 15 districts in Gujarat while some cases are reported in Rajasthan.

“We have adequate vaccines (goat pox)… work is being done to protect the animals,” Rupala told a press conference ahead of the IDF World Dairy Summit 2022 in Greater Noida. “Goat pox [vaccine] is 100% safe and 100% effective.

Minister says while ‘just a 1ml dose’ of goat pox vaccine is enough to help with LSD in areas where no cases have been reported, doses of 3ml each can be given to cattle where an outbreak has been reported.

“There is no confusion about the quantity of vaccine doses,” he added.

Among the states affected by LSD are the major milk producers in the country: Uttar Pradesh alone contributes 18% of India’s total milk production. Rupala, however, denied that the LSD epidemic had affected milk production.

“I don’t have numbers for all the states. But I have received information from Gujarat, which shows that there is no drop in milk production,” he said.

He said that the Center has been very helpful to states and that he himself has visited 5 states to discuss the LSD issue with officials.

Meanwhile, sources at the Ministry of Fisheries, Livestock and Dairy said the LSD outbreak had affected 15.21 lakh cattle across the country till September 9, with most deaths – 69,000 – having been reported in Rajasthan. On September 7, the sources said, 37,600 new cases and 1,500 deaths were reported.

With more than 97 lakh vaccine doses administered so far, out of the total number of cases, nearly 8 lakh cattle have recovered from LSD, they added.

The IDF World Dairy Summit 2022 is scheduled to take place from September 12-15. The summit will be opened by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and will see the participation of Minister of Interior and Union Cooperation Amit Shah and central ministers, Rupala said.

Jatinder Nath Swain, Chairman of Indian National Committee of IDF (INC-IDF) and Secretary of Livestock and Animal Husbandry Department and Meenesh Shah, Secretary of INC-IDF and Chairman of NDDB, and Varsha Joshi , additional secretary of the Animal Husbandry Department and Dairying were also present at the press conference on Thursday.