VELLORE, February 27, 2014 - The sixth round of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) vaccination camp is to be conducted in all villages coming under the jurisdiction of veterinary dispensaries in Vellore district from March 1 to 21.
According to a release from the Regional Joint Director of Animal Husbandry, Vellore, FMD spreads to cattle through a virus. It spreads through fodder, water, air, close contact of animals, and through aerosols to a distance of 300 km.
The disease is highly prevalent during summer. In the initial stages, it manifests itself in the form of fever with a temperature of 41 degrees Celsius. The later symptoms include excessive secretion of stringy or foamy saliva, and formation of blisters in the mouth, tongue, hooves, skin and teats of a cow. The calves of affected cows might die of the disease. The disease would lead to prolonged infertility and resultant economic loss to the dairy farmers.
Therefore, the Centre has decided to implement FMD Prevention Scheme to fully control the disease.