Friday, June 21, 2024

Sandvelt farmers face new crisis amid lumpy skin disease outbreak

Sandvelt farmers are reeling from a fresh wave of adversity following a devastating fire that ravaged the region just months ago, stripping many of their livestock and grazing lands. This week, the Department of Veterinary Services under the Ministry of Agriculture announced a suspected outbreak of lumpy skin disease (LSD), a viral infection in cattle that poses significant economic risks.

The Department describes LSD as a debilitating disease causing fever and painful skin nodules, transmitted by blood-feeding insects like flies, mosquitoes, and ticks. “Vaccination with the LSD vaccine is the most effective preventive measure, readily available at licensed agrishops. Controlling ticks and biting flies through oil-based pour-on dips is also crucial,” the Department stated.

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