Local sources in Logar and Paktia provinces report that the outbreak of lumpy skin disease (LSD) among livestock in these two provinces has killed 600 cows.
A number of ranchers and farmers in these two provinces said that the outbreak of lumpy skin disease has killed 600 to 650 lactating and non-lactating cows during the past 20 days.
In the meantime, livestock farmers said that ranching was the only way to make a living, but with the loss of their livestock, they are in a bad economic situation.
Ranchers in Logar and Paktia have warned that if no action is taken to prevent the spread of this disease, a great disaster will occur.
They state that they have not yet received any medicine or vaccine from the Department of Agriculture and Livestock.
Previously, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned of the outbreak of dengue and Congo diseases, which mostly target livestock.
The virus has in recent years been detected in Kunar, Nangarhar, Laghman, Paktia, Paktika, Khost, Logar and Ghazni provinces.
The disease was endemic in many African countries for years but spread to other parts of the world over the years. The disease first appeared in South Asia in July 2019, with Bangladesh reporting an outbreak. A month later, it was identified in India which has the world’s largest bovine population and then in China.
The infection is caused by the Capripox virus which is genetically similar to the viruses that cause goat pox and sheep pox and has been termed “an emerging threat to livestock worldwide” by health experts
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