Suspend all animal fairs, interstate transportation of animals; run vax player: UP CM Yogi

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Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday instructed relevant officials to go into mission mode to prevent viral lumpy skin disease (LSD) in animals in Uttar Pradesh. He also ordered a ban on all animal fairs and interstate transport of animals in the state, an extensive vaccination campaign, educating animal keepers about virus infection in animals and preventing unnecessary people to enter cow sheds. He also said that if an infected animal dies, cremation should be done following protocol.

“A special vaccination campaign for animals is needed to protect them against nodule virus. Support will also be received from the Indian government for the availability of the vaccine. It is a virus that is transmitted by flies and mosquitoes. In such a situation, a special cleanliness campaign should be carried out in villages and towns in coordination with the department of rural development, urban development and animal husbandry. Make sure the infection does not spread under any circumstances,” he added.

The CM gave the instructions to relevant senior state officials during a high-level meeting on Covid-19 and the administrative review he held in the morning, a statement from his office said shortly after. the meeting.

“Recently, adverse effects of lumpy skin disease have been observed in cattle in many states. These states have suffered tremendous animal loss. We must go into mission mode to prevent the spread of the disease in the state. until normalcy returns, suspend all interstate animal fairs in the state,” Yogi said at the meeting in the statement.

He also asked to carry out an awareness campaign to educate animal farmers about the disease, its prevention and its treatment. “Also, prohibit any unnecessary people from entering cow sheds,” Yogi said.

More than 7,300 animals are reported to have died from lumpy skin disease in seven states and one union territory, causing huge concern. The disease among cattle, according to a government official from the PTI news agency, was first reported in Gujarat and has affected more than 1.85 cattle so far since the outbreak of the disease in July.

Lumpy skin disease (LSD) is a contagious viral disease that affects cattle. The disease is transmitted by blood-sucking insects, such as certain species of flies and mosquitoes or ticks. Symptoms of the disease include fever and nodules on the skin and can also lead to death. The disease first emerged in Bangladesh in July 2019, then spread to the Middle East and Europe.

India had also witnessed the first case in 2019 in eastern states, particularly West Bengal and Odisha, PTI reported, citing the government official. Till last week, around 74,325 cattle according to the report have been affected in Punjab so far, while 58,546 cattle have been affected in Gujarat, 43,962 cattle in Rajasthan, 6,385 in Jammu and Kashmir, 1,300 in Uttarakhand, 532 in Himachal Pradesh and 260 in Andaman and Nicobar.

“Speed ​​up the Covid booster dose drive”

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said the “Amrit dose (booster dose)” of the Covid vaccine was being administered in the state and the free weekly booster dose campaign had been successful. He said last Sunday that more than 19 lakh people had received the booster doses. . So far more than two crore people have taken their booster doses, the CM added.

However, he asked for further acceleration of the recall campaign. He said there had been a drop in the Covid positivity rate recently. “The positivity rate is only 1.6% and a total of 561 new cases of Covid infection have been reported in the last 24 hours, while the total number of positive cases statewide is of 4,463,” the CM said.

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