Vaccines to import to contain the spread of animal dermatosis

ISLAMABAD: The Medicines Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) has finally authorized the import of two different types of vaccines from Turkey and Jordan to contain and prevent the spread of lumpy skin disease in cows in Pakistan, it has been announced officials on Tuesday.

“The DRAP Registration Board, at its 316th meeting, authorized the import of vaccines from Turkey and Jordan to prevent lumpy skin disease (LSD) in cows,” a DRAP official told The News after a meeting.

Sindh government has declared an emergency to contain the spread of LSD, which has so far killed dozens of cows

while thousands of animals are affected due to virus disease in Sindh and Punjab creating a beef and dairy crisis in the country.

The DRAP official said that since the vaccine is the only option available to prevent cows and other animals from contracting the viral disease, the DRAP registration board has granted registration to two companies to import vaccines from Turkey and Turkey. Jordan, adding that some other companies have also applied for licensing of the vaccines, which were under study.

He said that according to data submitted by companies willing to import the vaccine for the prevention of LSD in cows, vaccinating cattle is the most effective option to control the spread of LSD.

“Lumpy skin disease is a viral disease that affects livestock and is transmitted by blood-sucking insects, such as certain species of flies and mosquitoes, or ticks,” the official said, but added that vaccination is more effective. if applied before the virus enters a region or country.

It should be mentioned here that lumpy skin disease is present in many African countries and since 2012 it has been spreading from the Middle East to southeastern Europe.

LSD killed 175 cows and affected over 26,000 in Sindh

Livestock General Manager Sindh Nazeer Kalhoro said so far 175 cows have been killed due to lumpy skin disease in Sindh while more than 26,000 cows were infected with the virus infection and added that the virus was not transmitted to humans through milk and meat from the affected animal.

On the other hand, the Aga Khan University Hospital (AKUH) said on Tuesday that it had not conducted any studies on lumpy skin disease, the data of which is circulating on social and audiovisual media.

“The Department of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology (DIPHE) has issued an emerging infection alert regarding lumpy skin disease, but no clinical research studies have been conducted to support these claims, as reported in the media social and audiovisual,” AKUH said. .

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