Lumpy virus infected Cows
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Lumpy virus enters Mira Bhayander, Eight cows found to be infected; MBMC issues guidelines

In spite of taking high precautions and vaccination drive by the municipal corporation, Lumpy Virus has knocked on the door of Mira Bhayander Municipal Corporation (MBMC) jurisdiction. During the campaign, it has come to light that around eight cows in Mira Bhayander are infected with the Lumpy virus disease. Therefore, as a precautionary measure, MBMC has issued guidelines. MBMC asked that other animals in the city should be locked in their respective cowsheds.

A large number of animals have been nurtured in Keshav Shrusti at Bhayander West. Out of these, eight cows were found to be infected with Lumpy disease during a drive. “As these cows are vaccinated earlier, there are fewer chances of an outbreak of disease. Vaccination to them will make less effective. However, we are not taking any chances and isolated infected cows from others,” said Ravi Pawar, Deputy Commissioner, MBMC.

There are 29 cowsheds in MBMC limits. In these, about 1,150 animals are staying. There are stray animals also. The administration has claimed that all these animals have been vaccinated, earlier. However, to prevent the spread of Lumpy virus disease in the twin city, the municipality has ordered restricting their movements in the stables.

Confirming the infected cows, Mr Vikram Niratle, Veterinary officer, MBMC said, “Yes, there are Lumpy virus-infected cows in Mira Bhayander. Therefore, the municipality has taken up the task of surveying other animals and planning measures on a war level.”

The MBMC has also formed eight special squads to act against cattle found to be roaming on streets. At present, if cattle roaming on the roads are caught then owners have to pay a fine of Rs. 2,000. However, now the owners will also be booked under the relevant sections of Prevention and Control of Infectious and Contagious Diseases in Animals Act, 2009.