Foot and mouth disease (FMD) is an acute febrile and highly contagious disease of all cloven footed animals.

It caused severe ulcers in mouth and in between cloves of animals.

It leads to heavy economic loss due to reduction in milk production, infertility and high mortality in calves.

Taking into account the importance of effective control of FMD, the Department of Animal Husbandry is carrying out vaccination drive against FMD once in six months.

Four rounds of vaccinations have been completed and the fifth round of vaccination will be launched from September 15. To discuss the modalities to be adopted for the campaigns, a meeting was held at veterinary dispensary, Uppiliapuram on the direction of Chinnadurai, Regional Joint Director of Animal Husbandry.

The meeting was chaired by Dr. Palanisamy, assistant director of animal husbandry, Musiri.

The town pachayat presidents of Uppiliapuram and Balakrishnampatty, panchayath presidents of Uppiliapuram block, office bearers of Lions club, Uppiliapuram and veterinary assistant surgeons of the block participated in the discussion.

The officials urged the local body representatives to create awareness about the campaign through special grama sabha meetings and distribution of pamphlets.