Livestock deptt gives final touch to its anti-tick campaign against Congo virus

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By Rafiullah Mandokhail,

ZHOB: Livestock and Dairy Development department gives final touch to its 12-day campaign against Congo virus in the district here. Special arrangements have been made for anti-Congo spray at entry and exit points of the city to prevent the deadly virus.

The drive has been started on July 31st until Eid-ul-Azha at all four transit points established on Quetta Road, near grid station, main cattle market and at old cattle market to spray and protect the sacrificial animals against the tick born virus. Veterinary officials in a press release have advised the buyers to adopt preventive measures to protect themselves from carrying Congo virus while handling sacrificial animals. They should care while handling animals, notably during slaughtering, butchering and culling procedures.

“The department has launched a twelve-day preventive campaign against Congo virus in the district that falls in the migratory route of nomads, who travel along with their cattle – pass through the valley,” adding the department has dispatched mobile veterinary teams to various parts of the district, where the teams carried out preventive spray against the ticks, said Deputy Director Alla-ud-Din Kakar.

The teams have been supervised by deputy director comprising Dr. Naseebullah Kakar, Dr. Sheikh Tahir Mandokhail, Dr. Sabir Mandokhail, Dr. Kamal-ud-Din Mandokhail, Masam Kibzai and Shafiq Mandokhail. Divisional Director Dr. Baha-ul-Haq Mandokhail also visited the transit points and cattle markets to inspect the arrangements made by the department.

“The ticks are considered to be the most common vectors for Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever (CCHF). Domestic cattle like can be the hosts of the virus,” adding the virus is primarily transmitted to people from ticks, while transmission occurs resulting from close contact with the blood, secretions or other bodily fluids of an infected patient. The divisional director sensitized.

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