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Malaysia Bans Thai Cows & Buffaloes From Entering Because Of An Infectious Disease

Malaysia Bans Thai Cows & Buffaloes From Entering Because Of An Infectious Disease

The disease is zoonotic, meaning that it can’t infect people.

Akmal Hakim

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Malaysia is banning the import of cattle and buffaloes from Thailand due to an outbreak of infectious disease there.

According to the Veterinary Services Department (JPV), farm animals across over 41 provinces in Thailand have been infected with something known as the Lumpy Skin Disease (LSD).

Cannot infect humans

LSD is a zoonotic disease (meaning that it cannot infect humans) caused by a type of Capripoxvirus. The disease is known only to infect cows and buffaloes.

According to the United Nations (UN) Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the disease was first identified in Africa sometime in 1929 and had since spread to other parts of the world.

Not only does the disease cause chronic debility and death in infected farm animals, LSD also has an economic impact on the world as it disrupts the trade of livestock and livestock products, globally.

Skin lesions on an animal infected with LSD.
(Credit: World Organization for Animal Health)

Interestingly enough, veterinary experts say the best way to control LSD from spreading is through vaccination, and control of animal movements, with the most extreme measure being the culling of infected animals.

As a precautionary measure, JPV has enforced an immediate but temporary halt on all cows and buffaloes entering Malaysia from across the Golok River.

The department asks the cooperation of all industry players to help with enforcement as well as to cancel their order of these bovine farm animals from Thailand.

People are also asked to keep a close eye on the animals here in Malaysia for signs of LSD outbreaks.

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