The outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) in Karnataka has prompted the Animal Husbandry Department to take up mass vaccination programme in Medak, Adilabad, Hyderabad and Ranga Reddy on Tuesday.

Though it was also scheduled to be launched in some more districts in Seemandhra it could not be taken up due to the ongoing agitation.

Sporadic incidence

According to sources, the sporadic incidence of FMD at breeding bull stations at Karimnagar and Nandyal, Chevella in Ranga Reddy district and Hyderabad zoo reported in the recent past has raised the questions about the immunity of the vaccine. “The adverse result of the FMD would be that the capacity of animal for production and reproduction gets reduced drastically resulting in huge loss to farmers. The animal comes to heat but would not conceive,” said an official.

Officials observed that there might be several reasons for these sporadic incidents, including not following 100 per cent vaccination, not keeping vaccine in cold storage at field level before use, power problem in villages making it difficult to keep the vaccine in cold storage and buying animals without proper vaccination.

“Several FMD cases were reported in 10 districts of Karnataka and some of them bordering Andhra Pradesh. Though we do not know the number of causality, we have been instructed to organise FMD mass vaccination camps immediately,” said Animal Husbandry Joint Director Dr. K. Laxma Reddy.

As part of mass vaccination of FMD, the programme was launched by Collector A. Dinakarbabu at Nagapur village in Sangareddy mandal.