Vaccine for Goat Pox to be administered from today

For the first time, a vaccine - Goat Pox vaccine - developed and tested to meet the local conditions would be administered to about one crore sheep across the State beginning Friday.

Goat Pox is a contagious viral disease caused by a pox virus that affects goats. The virus usually spreads via the respiratory system and sometimes spreads through abraded skin. In endemic areas, the morbidity rate is between 70 to 90 per cent and the mortality rate is five to 10 per cent. The mortality rate may touch nearly 100 per cent in imported animals.

The vaccine was originally researched and developed by Indian Veterinary Research Institute (IVRI), Izzatnagar, Uttar Pradesh.

However, Veterinary Biological Research Institute (VBRI), a research arm of the Animal Husbandry Department, located at Shanti Nagar in Hyderabad, acquired the technology from IVRI by paying an unspecified amount and conducted further research to suit the vaccine for local sheep, according to V. Lakshma Reddy, Joint Director, Animal Husbandry Department.

The entire process took about a year to complete. The vaccine confers immunity from goat pox for about five years, where the life time of a goat is expected to be between five to six years. Now, IVRI has produced the required vaccine doses (more than 96 lakh) and supplied them to the districts. Mass vaccination programme will commence from Friday.

Mr. Lakshma Reddy said that the mass vaccination programme would be formally launched at Pothireddypally village in Andol mandal by Collector A. Dinakarbabu. Around 5.6 lakh sheep in the district would be vaccinated in the district.


  • Virus usually spreads via respiratory system and sometimes spreads through abraded skin

  • Vaccine was originally researched and developed by Indian Veterinary Research Institute