Cyprus Mail

Turkish Cypriot cattle suffering from LSD

Reports from the north on Wednesday said vets were concerned over an increase in Lumpy Skin Disease (LSD) among herds of cattle in Ayios Andronikos, Karpas and Ayia Triada.

According to Turkish Cypriot newspaper Kibris, farmers were anxious over the outbreak and all measures were being taken to stop the disease from spreading.

The LSD virus mainly affects cattle but zebras, buffalo and giraffes have been known to contract it as  traditionally the disease is found in southern and eastern Africa. It is spread by insect bites.  Symptoms include fever, discharge from the eyes and nose and skin lesions among others. It is sometimes fatal. Quarantine restrictions are of limited use and vaccination are the best method of control.

In statements to Kibris, the chairman of the Turkish Cypriot association of veterinarians Umut Sagili said the disease mostly likely came from Turkey through hay shipments containing the insects.

Sagili accused the ‘authorities’ in the north of not taking the appropriate measures necessary for the import of hay from Turkey or other countries.

The ‘director of veterinary services’ Ramadan Gkioksan said that all necessary measures were being taken. He said he was in contact with authorities in the government-controlled areas, which would take its own measures, he said.


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