Nagpur : In order to control the epidemic of ‘lumpy’ disease, the information about the genetic modification of the virus will be taken and for this the animal samples have been sent to the laboratory in Pune. Similarly, the immune system of the vaccinated animals will also be evaluated. Both these reports are expected in the first week of November.
A total of 3176 villages in 33 districts were affected by ‘lumpi’ in the state till 29 October. More than 2500 animals have died so far. The administration is taking other measures including vaccination, but the epidemic is still not under control. Therefore, the samples have been sent to National Institute of Virology, Pune for genome sequencing of Lumpy disease virus. This test will provide information about genetic level changes in the virus. This information is expected in the second week of November. Also, the samples required to evaluate the immunity generated by the vaccine were collected from the 7 divisions and the blood samples of the animals before and after the vaccination of 7, 14, 21 and 28 days in two villages of the division and sent to the National Institute of Epidemiology and Disease Information in Bangalore. Their findings are also expected in the second week of November, Animal Husbandry Commissioner Sachindra Pratap Singh informed
6.67 crore assistance to animal husbandry
The government is providing financial assistance to the owners of 2,552 animals that died due to ‘lumpy’ skin disease in the state. Accordingly, 6.67 crores have been deposited in the account of the cattle rearers as compensation.