Karachi: Sindh DG Livestock has confirmed the arrival in Karachi of the first shipment of 1.1 million LSD vaccine doses out of a total of 4 million from Turkey, ARY News reported.
The government on Wednesday ordered the country’s drug agency to allow imports of vaccines without delay. The government had taken the step to control the spread and curb the effects of lumpy skin disease (LSD) in cattle.
The Director General of the Livestock Department, Dr. Nazir said the batch of 1.1 million LSD vaccines is part of a 4 million vaccine import program from Turkey.
dr Nazir added that the LSD vaccines have been turned over to the Department of Livestock and Fisheries Sindh. The 1.1 million vaccines will be distributed to LSD-affected districts of Sindh, he added.
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The spread of LSD among cattle throughout Sindh had caused severe financial damage to the metropolitan meat and dairy traders.
On March 26, Karachi’s Meat Merchant Association (MMA) said meat consumption in the metropolis had fallen by 70% and called for an investigation into the spread of LSD.
According to reports, the epidemic had also started to infect buffalo in various cities of Sindh. The Department of Livestock and Fisheries Sindh had confirmed detection of the disease in buffalo.
Lumpy skin disease is transmitted by blood-sucking insects, such as certain types of flies, mosquitoes, and ticks. It causes fever and lumps under the skin and can also lead to death, according to experts.
Originally found in Africa, lumpy skin disease, a viral infection in cattle, had also spread to countries in the Middle East, Asia and Eastern Europe, experts said.