Lumpy virus outbreak in 5 districts of Maharashtra, 232 cattle killed, thousands infected
Lumpy Disease in Maharashtra: In 133 villages of Jalgaon, about 3,800 cattle have been affected by the deadly disease and 165 have died. More than 2,000 of the affected animals have been treated.
Hundreds of animals have died so far due to the Lumpy Virus in Maharashtra. For the last several weeks, the five districts of the state - Nashik, Nandurbar, Jalgaon, Dhule and Ahmednagar have seen the maximum havoc of Lumpy Skin Disease. Where so far 232 cattle have died due to this Lumpy Skin Disease (LSD).
Officials of the Animal Husbandry Department said that the maximum number of deaths occurred in Jalgaon, where 165 cattle have died so far due to LSD infection. An official said, “Jalgaon district of Nashik division was the worst affected, but now the situation is gradually improving here. Cattle in Jalgaon district were affected by the lumpy disease in large numbers due to its proximity to Aurangabad and animal trade of the area.”
Another official said that in 133 villages of Jalgaon district, around 3,800 cattle have been affected by the deadly disease and 165 have died. More than 2,000 of the affected animals have been treated and others are currently undergoing treatment.
In Ahmednagar, more than 1,600 cattle have been affected by the lumpy virus in 163 villages in all 14 taluks, of which 53 have died. While 600 have been cured and the rest are undergoing treatment. While 13 animals have died due to lumpy disease in Dhule district, one cattle has died in Nashik.
No death of cattle has been reported in the Nandurbar district due to lumpy skin disease. The government is providing assistance ranging from Rs 16,000 to Rs 24,000 to farmers for each cattle lost due to the infection. While all the affected cattle are being treated free of cost.