#Siliguri: Lumpy virus infection is also occurring in West Bengal and Siliguri as well as the whole country. However, cattle deaths due to lumpy virus infection have become epidemic. In addition to several states and Union Territories of the whole country, the Central and State Governments have woken up due to the infection of the Lumpy virus in West Bengal. However, animal experts feel that there is a possibility that the infection will come down to some extent during the winter. But since there is no specific vaccine or antidote to prevent the infection of that virus, the problem is increasing in animal treatment.
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However, the concern of the administration is that there is a danger of the infection of the virus spreading from cattle to wild animals. According to central survey sources, Lumpy virus is epidemic in cattle from July to November. About 21.5 lakh cattle in 253 districts of 15 states and Union Territories of the country have been infected with Lumpy virus. 1 lakh 11 thousand 564 cows have died. In August, the virus spread to 165 districts. The states at risk include West Bengal, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Maharashtra, Goa, Andhra Pradesh, Delhi and Bihar. Although about 21 lakh lumpy virus infected cattle, 13 lakh 21 thousand animals have been cured.
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Most of the virus infections are in Rajasthan. In the current year, 523 cattle have died due to infection with the virus in various districts of West Bengal. So far, the number of infected cattle in the state is 4,267. According to animal health sources, Lumpy virus mainly attacks cattle, buffaloes. Mosquitoes, flies or blood-sucking insects act as carriers of the disease virus. When infected, the animal develops large blisters which later burst and ooze secretions and blood. As a result the animal gets fever, feels pain all over the body. Milk production capacity becomes zero. Large cattle live for a while but calves die. Sometimes the pregnant animal dies. In that case, the doctors advised to keep the affected animal in isolation for treatment.
Dilip Patra, Assistant Director of Animal Resource Development Department, Siliguri, said, “The prevalence of the virus is sufficient in the state. However, it is somewhat less in North Bengal. The outbreak of this virus is occurring in different districts of the country. And there is a risk of infection of wild animals from infected cattle.” Veterinarian and veterinary officer Himadrisekhar Roy said, “If an animal is infected with the virus, it should be kept in isolation immediately so that no other animal gets infected.”
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