What is Lumpy Skin Disease? Can humans get infected with it? Lumpy disease is increasing in cattle and milk production is decreasing due to this. But one question surely arises in the mind that if we drink the milk of an animal infected with lumpy virus, will it affect us? Experts from Anand Kamdhenu University answered this question during a conversation with Divya Bhaskar.
What do the experts say?
Assistant Professor of Veterinary Microbiology Department of Anand Kamdhenu University Dr. Rafiuddin Mathakia says, We study all animal diseases in depth. Lumpy virus also studied. But till date nothing has come to mind that drinking the milk of an infected animal has any effect on humans. So far no such case has come up in India or Gujarat.
Dr. Rafiuddin Mathakia said that, we bring milk or we come there milk comes in two ways. One is packed milk in a plastic pouch and the other is loose milk from the dairy. The milk that comes in the pouch is pasteurized. So the germs are already destroyed in it. While the milk that comes from a free-range dairy should not be drunk directly. Mandatory milk should be warmed and drunk only. By heating the milk, the germs in it are destroyed. Recently Maruti Suzuki Laungh New Alto K10.
Lumpy disease isn’t new, it’s been around since 2019
Nowadays we get all sorts of questions about dairy cattle but Lumpy disease is not something of today. Giving details about this, Anand Kamdhenu University Animal Husbandry Department Director Dr. Snehal Patel said in a conversation with Divya Bhaskar, Lumpy virus is not a disease that has come nowadays. The first case in India was reported in Orissa on 19 November 2019 and then slowly spread to other states. Lumpy virus caused havoc in Maharashtra last year and a number of cattle were affected, but no humans were reported to have been affected by drinking cow’s milk. Therefore, it can be understood from the example of Maharashtra that even if the milk of a diseased animal is consumed, it does not affect the human being. Recently Gujarat Police board has decide to increase Gujarat Police Grade Pay.
Avoid drinking milk shakes outside
Usually outside cold drinks shops use raw milk more and milk shake is made from this milk. So avoid drinking raw milk and also avoid drinking milk shake outside. Remember to keep the milk that comes home warm. Give warm milk especially to children. Heated milk kills germs.
Cow’s milk production in Gujarat has been severely affected due to the outbreak of Lumpy Skin Disease (LSD). Domestic dairy company Amul has suffered a loss of 50,000 liters per day in milk procurement through its milk unions, mainly in Kutch and Saurashtra. Although this shortage is not immediately worrisome, but it is expected that if this virus is not controlled, then next summer the milk industry will suffer a major setback. A total of 20 million liters of milk is being procured daily by the Gujarat Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation (CCMMF) and its 18 milk union members, of which 42 per cent is cow’s milk.
GCMMF Managing Director gave information
According to RS Sodhi, Managing Director, GCMMF, “The quantity of milk procurement has come down by 50,000 liters per day (LPD), but it is not much now. The impact of this disease is being seen more in Saurashtra. North, Central And only sporadic cases have been reported in Kutch as compared to South Gujarat regions.”
According to GCMMF vice-chairman and chairman of Sarhad Dairy, the most severely affected district is Kutch, which has the largest population of livestock. After this disease the production of cow’s milk collection has decreased from 15,000 to 20,000 liters per day.
President of Sarhad Dairy gave information
According to the chairman of Sarhad Dairy, there is a 50-70 per cent reduction in milk production in a cow recovering from LSD. “We dread a cow milk emergency in Gujarat soon in the event that LSD isn’t controlled. Any animal under stress will have a negative impact on their milk production,” he said.