ISLAMABAD- The Ministry of National Food Security and Research on Wednesday strongly dismissed rumors on social media of the transmission of lumpy skin disease (LSD) from cattle to humans.
A press release issued by the ministry said that this disease is caused by a virus that is spread through the bites of mosquitoes, tsetse flies and ticks and that the disease has no public health implications because the virus that causes LSD in cattle does not affect humans. He further clarified that boiled milk and well-cooked meat of the affected livestock are safe for human consumption and have no health implications. In order to control the disease and prevent its spread from one place to another, the Animal Husbandry Commissioner has issued guidelines to the provinces which include information for the awareness of farmers and professionals.
The government has allowed import of LSD vaccine for effective control in the country and LSD vaccine is freely available in the market.
He added that the government was also negotiating with international agencies, including the World Bank, to launch a comprehensive LSD control program to eradicate the disease from the country.