Lumpy skin is spreading, there is no vaccine

Lumpy skin disease of cattle has occurred in Nilphamari. More than a hundred cows died in a month due to this disease without proper treatment. Owners and farmers are worried about this. They sought the intervention of the Animal Husbandry Department to take quick steps to prevent the disease. However, the district livestock office says they do not have a vaccine for the disease.

According to the information provided by the district livestock office and local veterinarians, there are 30 thousand 972 small and large farmers in the district. Among them 5 thousand 850 people in Sadar, 4 thousand 275 people in Syedpur, 4 thousand 702 people in Domar, 4 thousand 889 people in Dimla, 6 thousand 123 people in Jaldhaka and 5 thousand 133 people in Kishoreganj. However, Nilphamari District Livestock Office could not provide any information about the death.

It has been seen on the ground that most of the farmers’ cows have been affected by lampy skin disease in different areas of the district. Already in one month, more than three hundred cows have died in 6 upazilas due to this disease. However, the number of cases of lumpy skin is much higher than death. As there is no antidote for this disease, many are resorting to Kaviraj, homeopathic and village cow doctors. The number of deaths of cows is increasing due to poor quality drugs and wrong treatment. Doctors are grabbing money on various pretexts.

Nilphamari, spreading lumpy skin, no vaccine

Rafiqul Islam, a farmer of Gathangtari village of Chowra Baragacha union, said that a cow died due to lampy skin disease on Sunday night. The cow could not be saved even after receiving treatment from the village vet.

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Shri Jiten Chandra Roy, a farmer and ben trader of the nearby Ramganj Narsingh area made the same complaint and told Jago News, “I have four cows out of which one calf has died.” The local veterinarian spent nearly 12,000 rupees on medicine but to no avail. Many farmer’s cows in the area are suffering from lampy skin disease.

Nilphamari, spreading lumpy skin, no vaccine

Badsha Alamgir of Baishpukur village of Dimla upazila said that two cows have died due to lumpy skin virus in my neighborhood in the last few days. Many cows have been affected by lumpy skin in the area. However, cow vaccines are available in the market. High prices are being charged on the pretext of low supply.

Osman Gani, a farmer in Dakshin Chowra, said, “Suddenly one of my cows became weak.” At the same time, the whole body gets goosebumps. Reduces eating and drinking. Now using medicine. However, he complained, no one ever took any information from the livestock office. No doctor came or advised.

A farmer named Sudhen Nath Roy said that two of his own cows have been affected by lampy skin disease. I was first treated by a homeopathic doctor. Now Kaviraj is undergoing treatment without benefit.

Nilphamari, spreading lumpy skin, no vaccine

According to Upazila Livestock Office, lumpy skin is a new disease of cattle. Affected animals first have swollen front legs. As the temperature increases, large lumps appear on the body. After a week the lumps melt and the sores form. Continuous discharge of fluid from the sores. The cow dries up in a few days. Many die. But the number of deaths is very less compared to the infected.

Nilphamari Upazila Livestock Officer (Acting) Dr. Sirajul Haque told Jago News that lumpy skin disease has spread in different upazilas of Nilphamari. In many places, young calves are dying more. We are investigating and seeing that many cows are dying due to village doctors. They are dying from overuse of antibiotics. For this reason, we are working to increase awareness at the field level in various upazilas. So that more antibiotics are not applied. The antidote for which is available privately from various companies but has not yet come officially. We also do not have any vaccine against this disease.

He also said that it is advised to contact the Upazila Livestock Department for proper treatment of the affected cows. It is possible to prevent the spread of this disease by proper care of cows, keeping the affected animals in mosquito nets and keeping the housing clean.

Ibrahim Sujan/RH/JIM