Lumpy virus cases increasing continuously in Delhi

On September 11, 173 cattle were confirmed to have lumpy skin disease in Delhi. The first case of lumpy skin disease was confirmed in late August.

New Delhi: 358 cases of lumpy skin disease have been registered in Delhi during the last 10 days, although no cattle have died due to its infection in the capital so far. Officials gave this information on Wednesday. In Delhi, on September 11, 173 cattle were confirmed to have Lumpi skin disease. The first case of lumpy skin disease was confirmed in late August.


An official of Delhi's Animal Husbandry Department said, "A total of 531 cases of Lumpi skin disease have been confirmed in Delhi so far and out of which 206 cattle have recovered from the infection. At present, 325 cattle are suffering from Lumpy skin disease in the capital. The animal husbandry department official said the government has procured 25,000 doses of the vaccine to vaccinate healthy cattle in the capital to contain the spread of the disease.


"The vaccination drive will start in three to four days. More doses are expected to come soon. These doses will be given free of cost," the official said. There are about 80 thousand cattle in Delhi. The official said the government will adopt a 'Mudrika' strategy of vaccination, in which healthy cattle within a five-km radius of the affected areas will be given the 'Goat Pox' vaccine with the Uttarkashi strain of the virus.


In Delhi, most of the cases of lumpy skin disease have been found in the South-West district, which includes Goyla Dairy area, Rewla Khanpur area, Ghummanhera and Najafgarh. The Delhi government has deployed four mobile veterinary clinics to tackle the challenge of lumpy skin disease and has formed 11 rapid response teams to collect samples. Four teams are spreading awareness about this virus among the people. The government has also set up a special control room with a helpline number 8287848586 for queries related to the disease.