Cattle farmers are scratching their heads at the sudden outbreak of lumpy skin disease affecting the livestock over the last two and a half months.
So far, the disease has affected 4,195 cattle and killed 10 cows in the district.
According to the Department of Livestock Service, the infection rate increased suddenly in the district, forcing worried owners to sit together to find out ways to tackle the situation.
The disease has spread to all corners of the district, livestock officials said but added that the situation is ‘almost under control’.
Sirajul Islam Molla, a cattle farm owner of Baikhir village in Boalmari Chatul Union, said two of his cows had been infected.
“But timely treatment saved the cattle,” he added.
Murad Hossain, another cattle farm owner of Tepakhola area in Sadar upazila, told UNB that he is worried over the disease that has spread quickly in cattle farms.
District livestock officer Nurullah Md Ahsan said farmers have been struggling with the disease for the last three months.
The livestock department has been training cattle farm owners to prevent the disease, as well as vaccinating the affected animals, he said.
Ahsan said they are suggesting owners to keep the farms neat and clean to avoid the virus infection.
“The virus came with imported cattle and spread fast in the country,” he said, accusing the authorities concerned of not properly scanning the imported livestock.
Ahsan said the death rate is low but Lumpy Skin Disease damages the skin of cattle and affects milk production.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock issued a notice over the disease on November 5 with instructions for farm owners and veterinary surgeons.
It suggested checking mosquito breeding in farm areas and using antipyretic, antibiotic and antihistamine from registered veterinarians to control the disease.
At the same time, the ministry instructed veterinary surgeons to keep intensive supervision on the affected cattle and raise awareness among farmers.