Lumpy Skin Disease: Samtse Dzongkhag
Lumpy skin disease (LSD) is a viral disease caused by Lumpy skin disease virus (LSDV), a member of the genus Capripoxvirus and the family Poxviridae. Although the mortality rate is generally low, economic losses result from loss of condition, decreased milk production, abortions, infertility and damaged hides. The first outbreak of LSD in Bhutan was confirmed by RT-PCR at the National Veterinary Laboratory, NCAH, Serbithang on 5th October 2020, following referral of samples from suspected cattle in Samtse and Trashichhoeling Gewogs of Samtse Dzongkhag. As per the flash reports shared on 8th October, a total of 147 clinical cases were reported from 7 Gewogs under Samtse Dzongkhag. All prevention and control measures were implemented as recommended by the National Centre for Animal Health, Department of Livestock.