There has been no outbreak of thefoot and mouth disease in livestock in Mysore during the last two years, and the district seems to be free of the contagious disease that had affected the cattle in a big way in the past.
According to P.M. Prasad Murthy, Deputy Director of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Sciences, Mysore district, the disease was not reported in the district during 2010-11 and 2011-12. It had affected the livestock in certain parts of the district in 2009-10.
A 20-member group, which split into teams, has been visiting villages in the seven taluks of the district since February 1, 2012 as part of the second phase of the vaccination drive, which would be over by the end of February.
Another round would be taken up in March to vaccinate the animals that had been left out, Dr. Murthy said.
The two rounds of vaccination in a year had helped keep the disease at bay, Dr. Murthy told The Hindu . The district's cattle and buffalo population was covered in the first phase from June to August last year. “We are taking the help of the Forest Department to vaccinate domestic animals in the fringe areas of the forests,” Dr. Murthy said.
A positive development was that some farmers who had refused to get their animals vaccinated had realised the benefits and changed their stance, Dr. Murthy said. The department had enough stock to cover the entire cattle and buffalo population in the district, he said.
However, what is worrying for the department are the animals that are being brought into Karnataka from neighbouring States, and could be carriers of the disease. Though many of them have been vaccinated after entering the State, some may have been left out.
Disease had affected livestock in district in 2009 ‘Enough stock to cover entire cattle, buffalo population'
Disease had affected livestock
in district in 2009
‘Enough stock to cover entire cattle, buffalo population'