Local sources in the provinces of Logar and Paktia, in eastern Afghanistan, say that over 600 cows have succumbed as a result of an outbreak of a deadly skin viral disease among livestock in these two provinces.

Several ranchers and farmers in the provinces of Logar and Paktia expressed concern that since the lumpy skin disease emergence 20 days ago, 600 to 650 cows have died.

The loss of their livestock has put livestock farmers, who claim that raising animals is the only way to support themselves, in a precarious financial position. They fear that a terrible disaster would strike if no nothing is done to stop the spread of the disease.

Professors at Kabul University’s Veterinary Faculty have described the infection, which is brought on by the Capripox virus, as a growing hazard to livestock worldwide since it shares genetic similarities with the viruses that cause sheep- and goat pox.

Some species of mosquitoes, ticks, and other blood-feeding insects commonly spread the virus, according to the experts.

According to sources in the provinces of Paktia and Logar, the first occurrence of this virus was reported two to three months ago, but the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock has not yet supplemented a vaccination or medication to stop its spread.

This comes as the World Health Organization (WHO)’s recent report stated that Afghanistan is facing multiple disease outbreaks in addition to Covid-19, which includes Congo fever, Dengue, Acute Watery Diarrhea, and more.

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  • Saqalain Eqbal is an Online Editor for Khaama Press. He is a Law graduate from The American University of Afghanistan (AUAF).