Goat pox: experts call for trade curbs

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Reports of outbreak of goat pox in Kerala and experts have demanded restriction on goat trade from other affected States.

Goat Pox

  • Variola caprina (Goat Pox) is a contagious viral disease caused by a pox virus that affects goats.
  • The virus usually spreads via the respiratory system, and sometimes spreads through abraded skin.
  • It is most likely to occur in crowded stock. Sources of the virus include cutaneous lesions, saliva, nasal secretions and faeces.
  • The incubation period is usually between 8–13 days, but it may be as short as 4 days.

Measures to be done

  • Healthy animals should be vaccinated against goat pox.
  • Trading of animals from affected areas need to be discouraged.
  • Antibiotics can be given to control secondary bacterial infection.
  • All goat farmers need to take measures to control this epidemic which will affect the productivity and make goat rearing unsustainable.

Source : The Hindu

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