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Suryakant Jena

State Animal Resources Department Minister from Odisha, Ranendra Pratap Swain on Sunday rolled out a control room to monitor and tackle the cases of Lumpy Skin disease which has claimed lives of several thousand cattle all over the country.

The control room opened on the ground floor of the Directorate of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Sciences will provide consultation services to people in two shifts from 8 am to 7 pm.

People can dial 0671-2414310 or reach out to the government through the mobile number 7205598125 in the control room.

Taking to Twitter, Agriculture and Animal Resources department Minister Ranendra Swain has requested people residing in the 14 districts adjoining borders of other nearby states to immediately seek consultation from the government in case of any doubts regarding the outbreak of the disease.

Lumpy skin disease (LSD), is a viral disease caused by capripox virus transmitted mostly by blood-sucking insects, such as certain species of flies and mosquitoes, or ticks. It affects cattle and is extremely contagious. It triggers fever and lumps on the skin of the animals in case of exposure to the virus.

According to a report by the Centre, India has reported more than 55 thousand cattle fatalities nationwide and over 15 lakh infections as of September 14.

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