Lumpy skin disease not transmittable to humans, says AKUH alert – Pakistan

Karachi: Aga Khan University Hospital, one of the leading health science institutions, said Thursday after a waning of anxiety and fear among people in the city center of Sindh, mainly in the city of Sindh, about an increase in the bumpy skin disease in cattle. declared “no” infection. Do not cause human disease.”

In the warning, the agency concluded that eating meat and milk from infected cows “does not transmit the infection to humans.”

The agency’s alert, titled “New Infection Alert: Lumpy Skin Disease,” calls for food safety and all appropriate precautions and recommends eating only pasteurized or well-boiled milk and its by-products and well-cooked meat.

The AKUH Infection Prevention and Hospital Epidemiology Department presented detailed findings for the target infection with reference to the “Ethological Epidemiologic Diagnosis Prevention and Control Reference”.

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In the summary, supplemented with warnings and references, AKUH shared key points of the findings along with the titles of each impact area. While revealing the cause of transmission, he said that there is a possibility of infection by insect bites and contact with secretions, lesions, and vectors. The most relevant part of the warning for consumers was shared under the heading “Threats to Humans”, in which the agency answered almost every important question. The first point of the alert said, “Not at the very least.”

“Human disease is not well documented. “Consuming meat or milk does not mean that the infection can be transmitted to humans.” However, to prevent other infections, food safety measures such as eating only pasteurized or well-boiled milk and dairy products, preparing meat thoroughly, and proper hand washing with soap and water after handling meat, he added.

Earlier, AKUH issued an alert, making it clear that “this is a cattle infection and does not cause disease in humans.”

Just a few days ago, the Sindh Livestock Department shared a figure that up to 54 animals had died from lump skin disease that has infected more than 20,000 animals so far, including 15,100 in Karachi alone. The department found that the infection appeared in animals in Punjab and Sindh.

The disease so far has included 15,100 in Karachi, 3,781 in Tatta, 149 in Hyderabad, 656 in Badin, 85 in Jamshoro, 121 in Kairpur, 91 in Sujawal and 64 in Mati. It was found in 20,250 animals per year. , 35 at Shaheed Benazirabad, 124 at Sanghar, 36 at Thana Bula Khan, 4 at Qambar-Shahdadkot, and 2. at Tando Muhammad Khan and Dadu respectively.

Reports of an increase in outbreaks in cattle increased the demand for poultry meat, which has witnessed a massive increase as many citizens begin to avoid cattle and veal. Prices for live birds and pristine meat in the city hit alarming highs of Rs330-336 and Rs570 per kg respectively. In the first week of February, live birds sold for Rs190-210 per kg and meat for Rs350-380.

For the past two years, Director Karachi has kept the prices of live birds and meat at Rs138 and Rs214 per kg in the official price list. The officials involved failed to enforce the official price list. However, retailers do not display official prices in their stores and require different prices in different regions.

Posted at Serb on March 11, 2022

EDIT: In an earlier version of this story, Aga Khan University Hospital published the findings, but said that the institution actually shared details about the bumpy skin condition in a warning. Sorry for the error.