18 cattle and over 200 pigs have reportedly died of Lumpy Skin Diseases and African Swine Flu in Sotokur village in Shamator village in the recent times. The outbreak of the two diseases is said to have caused great economic losses to the farmers in the small rural village and affected their livelihoods.
The disease outbreaks in Sotokur village triggered distress among the farmers as Lumpy Skin Diseases and African Swine Flu are both highly contagious. In the case of LSD, it has reportedly spread within the village and neighbouring areas resulting the 18 confirmed deaths of cattle.
ASF, having a high mortality rate, has so far caused more than 200 confirmed deaths, directly impacting on the local economy as pig farming, an important source of income for many households in the village.
In order to address the grim situation, implementation of effective control measures such as vaccination programs, vector control strategies, and strict biosecurity protocols have been advised. Additionally, raising awareness among farmers about these diseases and providing them with training on disease prevention and management can help mitigate the impact of Lumpy Skin Diseases and African Swine Flu in Sotokur village, experts have suggested.