A total of 1,18,500 cattle have been screened at a foot-and-mouth disease control programme conducted across Tuticorin district, according to Joint Director of Animal Husbandry, R. Ramasamy.

These cattle were vaccinated at several villages. The fifth round of vaccination programme was taken up last month and the left-out cattle had been covered under this programme. Eight teams had been deputed to inspect shandies. Inspections were being carried out in eight goat shandies at villages in the district, which had no cow shandy. To prevent any possibility of marketing cows infected with food-and-mouth disease in such shandies, necessary steps were being taken, Dr. Ramasamy said here on Wednesday.

Besides, four teams were being engaged along the borders of the district to check and prevent cows entering from other districts to Tuticorin. Cattle owners had been informed to approach the nearest veterinary dispensaries immediately, if any cow was diagnosed with foot-and-mouth disease.

He said that adequate stock of medicines was available in dispensaries. Besides, bio-security measures were also being taken to ward off any attack of such disease in cows.

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