Warning issued over fake 'lumpy skin' vaccine

Warning issued over fake 'lumpy skin' vaccine

The Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives on Sunday warned cattle farmers about an "illegal" vaccine against Lumpy Skin Disease that some have been duped into buying as it kicked off its own vaccination campaign in the northeastern province of Nakhon Ratchasima.

Deputy Minister Prapat Pothasuthon said the vaccine being sold by some individuals at 6,000 baht per 25 doses was a version not yet approved.

The first official batch of 60,000 doses procured by the Livestock Department arrived in May and the second batch of 300,000 doses came yesterday.

He said the private sector pledged to support imports of at least million doses to curb the outbreak which, as of June 6, was reported in 62 provinces across the country.

The disease, caused by a virus of the family Poxviridae, has infected 59,665 cattle and killed 374, and was first detected in Don Daeng in April.

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