The Livestock Division of the Ministry of Agriculture emphasizes that the Lumpy Skin Disease (LSD) spreading among cattle in Mullaitivu district these days is due to a virus spreading among cattle.
The Minister Mahinda Amaraweera today 07) instructed the Livestock Division to investigate this disease situation immediately.
Additional Secretary Dr. L. W. N. Samaranayake explained that this condition was reported for the first time in Sri Lanka in 2019, and there were no such reports about this disease before that period.
Cattle rarely die due to this disease, which is spread by a virus. Lumps that form on the skin cause wounds that fall off and heal with treatment.
Also, since this condition is caused by a virus a cow once infected with the disease has no possibility of contracting it again.
Therefore, the Ministry of Agriculture requests that there is no need to be afraid of this disease and to follow the instructions given by the veterinary surgeons.
In particular, this disease does not spread by wind like foot and mouth disease. The only way to spread the disease is through direct contact with other animals. Therefore, the sick animals should be separated from cattle sheds. If diseased animals are touched, hands should be cleaned with disinfectants before touching other animals.
As this disease is currently reported to be present in four districts of the Northern Province, a special veterinary team is going to investigate this condition today.
The transportation of animals and animal products from the Northern Province has been temporarily banned to prevent the disease from spreading to other areas.
The Minister Amaraweera mentioned that the ministry has already taken several measures to prevent the disease such as prevention of outsiders from entering livestock farms in districts such as Nuwara Eliya, where animal husbandry is practiced well and using milk collection containers only after sterilization.
However, the Ministry emphasizes that there is no need to be afraid of this disease since the death of cows is at the least level. If the disease spreads, it will primarily affect the production of milk, so the people involved in cattle management should be vigilant in this regard.