June 30, 2022


Dairy farmers in Andhra Pradesh, India, urged to vaccinate animals against brucellosis


Dairy farmers in Andhra Pradesh, India, should be encouraged to get their livestock vaccinated against brucellosis, said district collector PS Girisha.


Girisha was launching the Brucellosis Vaccine poster as part of the National Livestock Disease Vaccination Programme undertaken by the Department of Animal Husbandry.


He said that the brucellosis vaccination programme was being implemented across India. Dairy farmers should be cautioned by the officials and field staff concerned about the dangerous effects of the disease on their livestock.


"Vaccines are needed to prevent brucellosis. These vaccines should only be given to calves over four months and under eight months of age," Girisha added. "Veterinarians would go to the owners of the livestock and vaccinate the animals free of cost. Once vaccinated, cattle do not develop brucellosis for the rest of their lives. The first phase of vaccination was completed last March and the programme would be conducted in three phases this year."


The second phase would be held on July 1-10. The third phase would be held in September and dairy farmers had to be sensitised about the importance of the vaccination, he said.


"The disease is transmitted to humans especially from livestock. Sooty cattle are more likely to have an abortion during the early and middle stages of the disease," Girisha explained. "Workers at slaughter houses and veterinary units, especially those working in the leather industry are at a risk."


- The Hindu

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