Nagaland: Advisory on Lumpy Skin Disease issued

DIMAPUR, MARCH 13 (MExN): The Directorate of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services, Nagaland has issued an advisory on Lumpy Skin Disease (LSD) incidences reported in different States across the country, and called for strict bio-security measures so as to prevent ingress of the disease into the State.

This disease is caused by capripox virus also known as ‘Neethling’ virus causing devastating economic losses via increased mortality, reduced productivity, control cost, loss in trade, decreased market value & food security. It affects cattle and buffaloes. 

It is also a threat to wild life populations like deer, bison and mithun. The disease causes high fever, reduced milk yield, skin nodules, loss of appetite, nasal & eye discharges and formation of nodules on the body transmitted by flies, ticks and mosquitoes.     

The department asked livestock farmers (Dairy, Cattle/Buffalo Ranging, Mithun etc) in the State to be vigilant on the occurrence of the disease on the animals and report the matter to the nearest Veterinary Centre. Further, all Veterinary Doctors posted in the Check Post, Dairy Farms, Veterinary Hospitals & Dispensaries have been requested to be on guard and meticulously examine all suspected cases. Samples from suspected cases should be sent to ELISA Laboratory, Kohima for further testing.