Thane collector Rajesh Narvekar has declared the district a controlled area and banned movement of cattle to and from the dist-rict to prevent further spread of the disease. Till Tuesday, no cattle deaths were reported in the district.
“The animal husbandry department has started vaccination of the cattle in villages within 5km radius of the affected areas,” said district health officer Nand Kumar Waghmare. “So far, 6,700 vaccinations have been done – 4,000 by the district officials and the rest by the state. Besides treatment and vaccination of the affected animals, sanitisation of the cow shelters has also been undertaken.”
The first LSD case in India was reported from Gujarat on April 23. The disease has spread to 23 states. The first incidence of LSD in Maharashtra was reported on September 4 in Jalgaon district. By September 7, LSD led to the deaths of 25 cattle and buffaloes in 17 districts. The next day, a government notification was issued declaring Mah-arashtra a controlled area.