Taiwan’s Kinmen vaccinates 80% of cattle for lumpy skin disease in one week

Taiwan races to nip disease in bud by administering vaccines donated from EU

Taiwan News
Date: 2020/07/28
By: Huang Tzu-ti, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

Veterinarian vaccinates cattle in Kinmen (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Over 80 percent of the 6,282 cattle in the outlying Kinmen islands have been immunized against lumpy skin disease, an infectious illness allegedly transported from China and which poses a threat to Taiwan’s beef and dairy markets.

In a bid to contain the outbreak caused by the mosquito-borne disease, Taiwan on July 23 began administering to the cattle 10,000 vaccine doses donated by the European Union. A total of 149 cattle were culled as of July 23, with 100 more scheduled to be killed, wrote CNA.

Inoculation work will be implemented for two to three years per the instructions of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), said Huang Chin-cheng (黃金城), deputy minister at the Council of Agriculture (COA). The race to vaccinate the animals has seen veterinarians from three universities mobilized, and 5,142 cattle had received a shot as of Monday (July 27).

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