Transportation Of Cattle From Northern Province Banned Following Detection Of LSD

Shakila Ifham

March 6, 2023

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The transportation of cattle from the Northern Province has been banned after the detection of Lumpy Skin Disease (LSD) caused by a virus that is spreading among cattle in the Mullaitivu district, the Livestock Division of the Ministry of Agriculture said yesterday.

Ministry Additional Secretary Dr. L.W.N. Samaranayake said that cattle rarely died from the disease. Lumps that form on the skin cause wounds that fall off and heal with treatment.

As this disease is currently reported to be present in four districts of the Northern Province, a special veterinary team commenced investigations yesterday.

He mentioned that this condition was reported for the first time in Sri Lanka in 2019 and before that this diseases was not reported.
 
He also said that because it is caused by a virus, a cow once infected with the disease has no possibility of contracting the disease again.
 
The Ministry of Agriculture said there is no need to be afraid of this disease and to follow the instructions given by the veterinary officers.
 
In particular, the disease is not spread by wind like foot and mouth disease. The only way to spread disease is through direct contact with other animals. Therefore, the sick animals should be kept away from the cowsheds and isolated, the Department said.
 
To prevent the disease from spreading to other areas, the transportation of animals and animal products from the Northern Province has been temporarily banned.
 
Agriculture Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said that the Ministry has already taken many measures to prevent such diseases in districts like Nuwara Eliya, where animal husbandry is practiced well, by preventing outsiders entering into farms where animal husbandry is being done, and by using only sterilized milk collection containers.
 
However, the Ministry of Agriculture emphasizes that there is no need to be afraid of this disease and because the death of cows is at a minimum level, and if the disease spreads, it will primarily affect the production of milk, so the people involved in cattle management should be vigilant.