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Now Foot and Mouth Disease outbreak in Kashmir; Several sheep affected

Last Updated on June 3, 2021 at 5:56 pm

Following reports of the cases of Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) in Kashmir, the Directorate of Sheep Husbandry Kashmir has informed all the Sheep farmers of the division not to panic and take necessary preventive measures as the disease is not usually manifested in a virulent form in small ruminants.

The department as per an official communiqué has informed that an outbreak of Foot & Mouth like disease was reported in sheep during early May in district  Budgam and the department immediately took remedial measures and started vaccination of the animals in periphery of the affected areas (ring vaccination) and offered treatment of clinical cases.

The disease was mainly reported from rural areas like Rathsun, Shalkani, Gundipora of Beerwah Sub division of District Budgam where about 1700 sheep were affected out of which about 1600 have recovered fully. Besides district Budgam, disease was sporadically reported from isolated pockets of District Anantnag, Baramulla and Bandipora.

It was revealed that besides field vets who attended the outbreak, the department immediately deputed experts from Disease Investigation Lab Nowshera who ensured all kinds of prophylactic and curative measures to prevent mortalities and spread of the disease. The teams collected the necessary samples from affected areas and the tests have been sent to Bhubaneshwar BSL-2 lab for confirmatory diagnosis of the disease.