July 28, 2020

 

Cattle disease vaccine from EU arrives in Taiwan county

 

 

EU's donation of 10,000 vaccine doses to combat lumpy skin disease in cattle arrived in Taiwan's outlying Kinmen County on Wednesday evening, July 22, Focus Taiwan reported.

 

According to the Council of Agriculture (COA), Kinmen currently has 6,282 cattle on 594 farms.

 

The first 5,000 will be inoculated in the next five days, with the rest to receive the vaccine in a week, according to Wen Shui-cheng, director of the Kinmen County Animal and Plant Disease Control Center.

 

After the disease was observed in Kinmen on July 10, more than 100 cows in the county were culled.

 

Currently, 181 cattle across 47 local farms have displayed symptoms of the viral disease, the centre said.

 

Lumpy skin disease is spread by blood-sucking insects such as mosquitoes and flies, causing illness in 10%-20% of infected animals and has a fatality rate of 1%-5%.

 

It is characterised by fever and nodules on the skin, while some infected cattle also develop swollen legs.

 

Last week, COA deputy chief Huang Chin-cheng said the COA had contacted the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) in Paris about the possibility of buying the vaccine from the organisation.

 

The EU later learned about Taiwan's request, via the OIE, and informed the COA that it had 10,000 doses of the vaccine in stock, which could be donated to Taiwan, he said.

 

The offer came after Taiwan donated medical supplies to Europe in late April to help it fight the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

 

Meanwhile, the COA has also ordered a batch of vaccinations from South Africa and the Netherlands, as part of its efforts to prevent the spread of the disease from Kinmen to the main island of Taiwan.

 

According to the Kinmen disease control centre, those who evade, refuse or obstruct the inoculation of their cattle will be subject to a fine of TWD30,000-TWD150,000, based on the Statute for Prevention and Control of Infectious Animal Diseases.