Lumpy skin disease- The Hindu-19-09-2022


With the lumpy skin disease spreading fast among bovines in western and northern Rajasthan, cattle rearers in the State are suffering heavy losses. The infection has spread to about 25,000
cattle in the last couple of months and resulted in the death of more than 1,200 animals.



Lumpy skin disease is a vector-borne pox disease of domestic cattle and Asian water buffalo and is characterized by the appearance of skin nodules.


Lumpy skin disease (LSD) is caused by the lumpy skin disease virus (LSDV), a virus from the family Poxviridae, genus Capripoxvirus. Sheeppox virus and Goatpox virus are the two other virus species in this genus.


There is no treatment for the virus, so prevention by vaccination is the most effective means of control.


Lumpy skin disease is an infectious and occasionally fatal disease of cattle. It is characterized by eruptions and nodules on the skin and other parts of the body.

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