Amid Covid-19 and after African Swine Fever, Assam is now dealing with the Lumpy Skin Disease (LSD) in cattle, officials said on Friday. Also Read - Assam's Tezpur University Goes Green, Uses Solar Power to Generate 90,000 kW Electricity Every Month

In view of the reported emergence of LSD in neighbouring Assam, the Nagaland government has sounded a high alert and asked the Chief Veterinary Officers (CVOs) of all districts to strictly monitor the occurrence of the disease. Also Read - Coronavirus in Assam: State's First Sero Survey Launched in Guwahati as Tally Nears 90,000 Mark

LSD is an infectious viral disease in cattle transmitted by arthropod vectors such as mosquitoes and ticks caused by the Poxviridae family virus characterised by fever, multiple nodules on the skin and enlarged superficial lymph nodes with mortality ranging from one to three per cent. Also Read - 'Only Rahul Gandhi Scares Modi': Assam Congress Chief Calls For Rahul's Return as Party President

The disease, however, causes huge economic losses in the form of a drop in milk production, reduced skin quality and restriction of trade and movement. The LSD cannot transmit from cattle to humans. An Assam Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Department official said the incidence of LSD was first reported in June.

At present, cattle in four Assam districts — Cachar, Karimganj, Hailakandi in the Barak Valley (in southern Assam) and Kamrup in the Brahmaputra Valley are affected.

Deputy Director (in-charge) of the Animal Health Centre of the Guwahati-based Regional Disease Diagnostics Laboratory Prodeep Gogoi said though the infected cattle often recover within two to three weeks, there is a reduction in milk production in cattle for several weeks.

Gogoi requested Assam’s Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services Department to do clinical surveillance of the susceptible cattle population for nodular skin lesions along with the recording of morbidity and mortality data in the LSD-suspected areas.

The Animal Husbandry department, in a statement in Kohima, said it has also instructed all district officers to issue a red alert to all check gates within their jurisdiction for the control of the disease and suspected animal movement.

The Chief Veterinary Officers of Peren, Dimapur, Wokha, Mokokchung, Longleng and Mon districts have been asked to send a report on the disease outbreak.