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Lumpy Skin Disease (LSD)

2023 APR 7

Preliminary   > Economic Development   >   Indian Economy and Issues   >   Livestock rearing

Why in news?

  • The Central Government is foreseeing a slow growth in milk production and a possible scarcity of ghee and butter as an impact of the lumpy skin disease (LSD) that took the lives of about 1.89 lakh cattle.

About Lumpy Skin Disease:

  • It is an infectious disease in cattle caused by a virus, known as the Neethling virus.
  • The disease is characterized by fever, enlarged superficial lymph nodes and multiple nodules on the skin and mucous membranes
  • Infected cattle also may develop edematous swelling in their limbs and exhibit lameness.
  • The virus has important economic implications since affected animals tend to have permanent damage to their skin, lowering the commercial value of their hide.
  • Additionally, the disease often results in chronic debility, reduced milk production, poor growth, infertility, abortion, and sometimes death.


Consider the following statements regarding Lumpy Skin disease:

1. It is an infectious disease in cattle

2. It is caused by bacteria

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

(a) 1 only

(b) 2 only

(c) Both 1 and 2

(d) Neither 1 nor 2