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Review on lumpy skin disease and its economic impacts in Ethiopia

Ahmed Ali Farah Gumbe

Puntland Livestock Professional Association, College of Veterinary Medicine, Ethiopia

Correspondence: Ahmed Ali Farah Gumbe, Puntland Livestock Professional Association,Mekelle University, College of Veterinary Medicine, Ethiopia, Tel 25 2907714567

Received: January 28, 2018 | Published: March 14, 2018

Citation: Gumbe AAF. Review on lumpy skin disease and its economic impacts in Ethiopia. J Dairy Vet Anim Res. 2018;7(2):39–46. DOI: 10.15406/jdvar.2018.07.00187

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Lumpy skin disease (LSD) is among the most economically significant viral diseases of cattle caused by Neethling virus prototype strain classified in the genus Capripoxvirus of family Poxviridae. The disease is characterized by fever, enlarged lymph nodes, firm and circumscribed nodules in the skin and nodules are particularly noticeable in the hairless areas. Lumpy skin disease is currently endemic in most Sub-Saharan African countries and subsequently spread to Middle East, Asia and to Europe countries. It is economically devastating viral diseases which cause several financial problems in livestock industries as a result of significant milk yield loss, infertility, abortion, trade limitation and sometimes death in most African countries including Ethiopia. In Ethiopia lumpy skin disease was first observed in the northwestern part of the country (southwest of Lake Tana) in 1983. It is now spread to almost all regions and agro-ecological zones of the country. Major epidemic outbreak of LSD has been documented in different regions of Ethiopia at different time period. From 2007 to 2011 a total of 1352 disease outbreaks of LSD have been documented. The highest outbreak was registered in Oromiya region and the lowest in Afar region. All breeds and age group, both sex are susceptible however, Bos Taurus are particularly more susceptible to clinical disease than Bos indicus. Thevarious agro climatic conditions, introduction of new animals to the herd and the presence communal watering bodies are regard as major risk factors that would facilitate the spread of outbreaks in diverse localities. LSD is transmitted by mechanical vector insects and also wildlife plays a potential role in its maintenance. And could be diagnosed using appropriate serological and molecular techniques. The herd-level LSD prevalence is significantly higher in the midland agro-climate than in lowland and highland agro-climate zones due to abundance of speculated mechanical vector insects. Currently Effective control measures of this disease is achieved through mass vaccination, import restrictions on livestock and their products, control of vectors and quarantine station. Furthermore, culling of infected animals is also optional method.

Keywords: Bovine, Economic, Ethiopia, Infection, LSD


AGID, Agar gel immunodiffusion; CSA, Central Statistics Authority; ELISA, Enzyme linked immune sorbent assay; FAO, World Food Organization; CSA, Central Statistics Authority; GTPV, Goat pox virus; LSDV, Lumpy skin disease virus; MoARD, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development; NVI, National Veterinary Institute; KS-1, Kenyan sheep pox strain 1; OIE, Office International des Epizooties, World Animal Health; PCR, Polymerase Chain Reaction; NNPR, Southern nation nationalities and peoples region; SPPV, Sheep pox virus; USD, United States of Americas‟ Dollar; VNT, Virus neutralization test; CaPV, Capri poxviruses; DNA, Deoxyribonucleic acid; DsDNA, Double stranded Deoxyribonucleic; GDP, Gross Domestic product; Kbp, Kilo base pair; SGPV, Sheep and Goat Pox Virus


Livestock production constitutes one of the principal means of achieving improved living standards in many regions of the developing world.1 The livestock sector globally is highly dynamic, contributes 40% of the global value of agricultural output and support the livelihoods and food security of almost a billion people.2 In many developing countries (In Sub-Saharan African countries), livestock keeping is a multifunctional activity and plays a crucial role both in national economies and the livelihood of rural communities.3 Ethiopia basically comprises an agrarian society; the socio-economic activities of about 85% of the population are based on farming and animal husbandry.4 Ethiopia has the most abundant livestock population in Africa with the estimated domestic animal number of 57.83 million and cattle population is estimated to be 28.89 million.5 Consequently Ethiopia livestock production is an integral part of the agricultural system. The livestock sub sector accounts for 40% of the agricultural gross domestic product (GDP) and 20% of the total GDP without considering other contribution like traction power, fertilizing and mean of transport.6 Diseases are an important cause of reduced productivity of meat and milk as well as draft, hides and dung fuel. Lumpy skin disease (LSD) is among the most economically significant viral emerging diseases which is characterized by high fever, enlarged lymph nodes, firm, and circumscribed nodules.7 It is a disease with a high morbidity and low mortality rate and affects cattle of all ages and breeds. It causes high significant economic losses as a result of reduced milk production, beef loss and draft power loss, abortion, infertility, loss of condition and damage to the hide.8 Regarded to the office international des epizootics consider LSD as list A‟ disease that has the potential for rapid spread with ability to cause serious economic loss4 LSD is currently endemic in most African continent and has recently spread out of Africa into the Middle East in additional to Europe countries.9 It becomes an important threat to livestock and dairy industry in the Middle East and Africa.10 Despite it is transboundary disease, causes international ban on the trade of livestock and their products.11 Lumpy skin disease has a different geographical distribution from that of sheep- and goat-pox, suggesting that cattle strains of capripoxvirus do not infect or transmit between sheep and goats.12

In Ethiopia lumpy skin disease was first observed in the northwestern part of the country (southwest of Lake Tana) in 1983.13 It is now spread to almost all regions and agro-ecological zones of the country. Vaccination is classically used to control outbreaks whenever they occur because of the wide distribution of the disease and the size and structure of the cattle population in Ethiopia. Major epidemic outbreak of LSD occurred in different regions of in different years Ethiopia like Amhara and W/ Oromiya Regions in 2000/2001, Oromiya and SNNP regions in 2003/2004 and Tigray, Amhara and Benishangul regions in 2006/2007.14 The most effective method of transmission is mechanically through biting flies. The incidence of LSD occurrence is high during wet seasons when biting-fly populations are abundant and it decreases or ceases during the dry season. Direct transmission can also occur between infected animals, but such transmission is rare and of low epidemiological significance.15 The control measure of LSD can be achieved through vaccination and restriction of animal movement.16 Given that LSD is the one of the most economically important livestock disease in the country. Therefore, the objectives of this Paper are to review on Lumpy skin disease and its economic impacts in Ethiopia.

Lumpy skin disease


 LSDV is grouped under the family of poxviridae. The family Poxviridae is subdivided into two subfamilies: Chordopoxvirinae (poxviruses of vertebrates) and Entomopoxvirinae (poxviruses of insects). Lumpy skin disease virus (LSDV) belongs to the genus Capripoxvirus and the subfamily Chordopoxvirinae. There is only one serotype of LSDV which is prototype strain of LSDV is the Neethling virus and it is closely related antigenically to sheep and goat poxvirus and can be distinguished by routine virus neutralization or other serological tests. The LSDV primarily affects cattle but can affect sheep and goats, experimentally. Lumpy skin disease virus will grow in tissue culture of bovine, ovine or caprine origin, although maximum yield is obtained using lamb testis cells.17 The members of this family are among the largest of all viruses. It is an envelope, Linear ovoid shape with a molecular brick shaped or ovoid virions measuring 220-450 nanometer (nm) by 140-266nm (Figure 1). LSDV has ds DNA genome of about 151kb.18


Geographical distribution: Lumpy skin disease has a different geographical distribution.19 The disease was first observed in 1929 in Zambia. Initially, it was considered to be the result either of poisoning or a hypersensitivity to insect bites because at that time was it the year when populations of biting insects were greatest.20 Between 1943 and 1945, cases occurred in Botswana, Zimbabwe (Southern Rhodesia) and the Republic of South Africa. The infectious nature of the disease was recognized at this time.21 The global distribution of LSD is presented in (Figure 2) below. LSD was restricted to countries in sub-Saharan Africa from 1929 to 1986 and it’s endemic in most African countries including Madagascar. This Followed by reports of the virus in the Middle East Since 2012 LSD has been spreading on an unusually large scale throughout Middle Eastern countries as subsequently years was reported from Oman, Yemen, Israel, Kuwait, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Saudi Arabia Lebanon, Jordan, and in United Arab Emerate.22

In Ethiopia LSD was spread to almost all the regions and agro ecological zones. While the large distribution of the disease and the size and structure of the cattle population.14 The data investigations from the national disease outbreak report database during the period 2000-2009 showed that major epidemic outbreaks of LSD occurred in 2000/2001 in the northern parts of the country in Amhara and West Oromia regions. Then it extended to the central and the southern parts of the country, in 2003 and 2004 covering large parts of Oromia and Southern Nation, Nationalities and Peoples (SNNP) regions. In 2006 and 2007 another extensive outbreak reappeared in Tigray, Amhara and Benishangul regions in the northern and north-western parts of the country. Therefore, from 2007 up to 2009 the outbreak number progressively increased in Oromia Region situated in the central part of the country while it seemed to be gradually decreasing in the northern part of the country including Tigray, Amhara and Benishangul regions (Gari, 2011). According to 2010 annual report of Ministry of Agriculture, Animal and plant health regulatory directorate in the department of epidemiology prevalence of the disease in different regional state of the country shows us; 1.63%, 0.49%, 5.2%, 2.69%, 0.37%, 0.7%, and 3.8% in Addis Abeba, Amhara, Gambela, Oromia, SNNP, Somali and Tigray regions respectively. The 2011 annual report shows prevalence of; 0.36%, 1.13%, 0.22%, 0.65%, 0.24% and 0.30% in Amhara, Gambela, Oromia, SNNP, Somali and Tigray regions respectively.16

Host risk factor and susceptibility: Lumpy skin disease is a disease of cattle and causes several disorders. Though all breeds and all age group, both sex are susceptible, Bos taurus are particularly more vulnerable to clinical disease than zebu cattle. Among Bos taurus, fine-skinned Channel Island breeds develop more severe disease because of their thin skin, although younger animals are usually affecting and show more severe disease than adult ones and Asian water buffalo are also reported to be susceptible.19 Even though, the clinical severity of disease depends on susceptibility and immunological status of the thin-skinned, the high-producing dairy animal Bos taurus breeds are highly susceptible against LSDV, whereas indigenous (Bos indicus) breeds such as zebu and zebu hybrids are likely to have some natural resistance against the virus.23 It is not known what genetic factors influence the disease severity.24 Lactating cows appearing to be severely affected and result in a sharp drop in milk production because of high fever caused by viral infection itself and secondary bacterial mastitis.9 High ambient temperatures, coupled with farming practices to produce high milk yields, could be deemed to stress the animals and contribute to the severity of the disease in Holstein–Friesian cattle.25 The morbidity rate varies widely depending on the immune status of the hosts (Host susceptibility) and the abundance of mechanical arthropod vectors.26 An introduction of new animals to the herd was highly associated with the occurrence of LSD.27 There is no evidence or report that the virus can affect humans.28

Role of wildlife: In general, CaPVs are highly host specific (Domestic cattle and water buffaloes), with only a few known exceptions some wild species but Role of wildlife still has to be clarified as Giraffe (Giraffe Camelopardalis) and impala (Aepyceros melampus) are highly susceptible to experimental infection. Suspected clinical disease has been described in an Arabian oryx (Oryx leucoryx) in Saudi Arabia, springbok (Antidorcas marsupialis) in Namibia, and oryx (Oryx gazelle) in South Africa and Thomson's gazelle have been infected experimentally by parenteral inoculation with LSDV and have developed characteristic lesions. However, under natural conditions, lesions of LSD have not been seen on these animals when they have been present during epizootics of the disease.29 African buffaloes (Syncerus caffer) and Asian water buffaloes (Bubalus bubalis) do not show lesions in the field during epizootics of LSD but both buffalo types may suffer an unapparent infection.30 Thus, the normally the role of wildlife in the transmission and maintenance of LSDV was found almost negligible.22

Environmental risk factor: The effect of agroclimate, communal share of the same grazing and watering points and unrestricted movement of animals across different borders following rainfall were some of the risk factors.9 Distribution of the disease in various agro climatic conditions, introduction of new animals to the herd and the presence water bodies are among the other risk factors also that would facilitate the spread of outbreaks in various localities.31 The incidence of LSD occurrence is high during wet seasons when biting-fly populations are abundant and it decreases or ceases during the dry season.14

Pathogen risk factor: LSDV is generally resistant to drying, survive freezing and thawing. Resistance to heat is variable but most are inactivated at temperatures above 60°C.32 It survives well at cold temperatures.33 LSDV is very resistant to physical and chemical agents. The virus persists in necrotic skin for at least 33 days and remains viable in lesions in air-dried hides for at least 18 days at ambient temperature.11 It may persist for up to six months in a suitable environment, such as shaded animal pens. The virus is also present in nasal, lachrymal and pharyngeal secretions, semen, milk and blood and it may remain in saliva for up to 11 days and in semen for 22 days.34 There is no evidence of the virus persisting in meat of infected animals, but it might be isolated from milk in early stages of fever.35 The virus may persist for months in lesions in cattle hides. LSD virus may persist for 6 months on fomites, including clothing and equipment but there is no evidence that virus can survive more than four days in insect vectors.33

Mode of transmission: Though there was no clearly defined method of transmission of LSD but the circumstantial evidences suggestions that disease might be transmitted by biting insects.31 And now are well-expressed the main mode of transmission of LSDV is via arthropod vectors whereas direct or indirect contact between infected and susceptible animals or using contaminated objects or materials by clinically sick animals is an inefficient method of transmission. Subsequently, the virus was isolated from arthropod vectors and the role of vectors in transmission of the virus as experimentally confirmed.30 Three bloods sucking hard tick species, Aedes aegypti mosquitoes and Stomoxys calcitrans flies, have been reported to involve in the transmission of LSDV in sub-Saharan Africa. The three tick species identified as vectors of the disease and also act as 'reservoirs' for the virus are the Rhipicephalus (Boophilus) decoloratus (blue tick), Rhipicephalus appendiculatus (brown ear tick) and Amblyomma hebraeum.36 All secretions of the infected animal virus are present in blood, nasal and lachrymal secretions, semen and saliva, milk, which may be sources for transmission alongside LSD virus when nodules on the mucous membranes of the eyes, nose, mouth, rectum, udder and genitalia ulcerate are also importance source.24 Additional, LSD is transmissible to suckling calves through infected milk.33Therefore, the main pathways for transmission are biting and blood-feeding arthropods, including biting flies, mosquitoes and ticks. Though rare, transmission also occurs through direct contact, and can also spread from contaminated feed and water.37

Pathogenesis: During the acute stage of skin lesions, histopathological changes include vasculitis and lymphangitis with concomitant thrombosis and infarction, which result in to oedema and necrosis. LSD skin nodules may exude serum initially but develop a characteristic inverted greyish pink conical zone of necrosis. Adjacent tissue exhibits congestion, haemorrhages and oedema. The necrotic cores become separated from the adjacent skin and are referred to as ‘sit-fasts’. Enlarged lymph nodes are found and secondary bacterial infections are common within the necrotic cores. Multiple virus-encoded factors are produced during infection, which influence pathogenesis and disease.38

Figure 1 Morphological structure LSDV.33

Figure 2Global Distribution of lumpy skin disease in the World (2012).

Clinical signs and postmortem lesion

The disease is characterized by large skin nodules covering all parts of the body, fever, enlarged lymph nodes, loss of appetite, reduction in milk production, some depression and reluctance to move nasal discharge and lachrymation. Young calves often have more severe disease than adults.26 The severity of clinical signs of LSD depends on the host immunity status, age, sex and breed type. The more susceptible breeds to LSD infection are related to fine-skinned breeds such as Holstein Friesian (HF) and Jersey breeds.10 Additional, the disease affects cattle and tends to be more severe in milking cows in the peak of lactation as a result of mastitis, was suffered by a number of dairy farmers as well in young animals.23 Lumpy skin disease may be occur acute, sub-acute and chronic form.7 It has an incubation period of 2 to 4 weeks in the field.38 The nodules developed on skin are vary from 2 cm to 7 cm in diameter, appearing as round, well circumscribed areas of erect hair, firm and slightly raised from the surrounding skin and particularly conspicuous in short-haired animals. In long-haired cattle the nodules are often only recognized when the skin is palpated or moistened. In most cases the nodules are particularly noticeable in the hairless areas of perineum, udder, inner ear, muzzle, eyelids and on the vulva. Alongside other common sites are head and neck, genitalia, limb and udder; involve skin, cutaneous tissues, legs and some time underlying part of the muscle.39 Histopathology can be an important tool to exclude viral, bacterial or fungal causes of nodular development in clinical cases and characteristic cytopathic effects (necrosed epidermis, ballooning degeneration of squamous epithelialcells and eosinophilic intracytoplasmic inclusion bodies) in cases of lumpy skin disease are well documented.40 Lesion of lumpy skin diseases showed presence of eosinophilic intracytoplasmic inclusions bodies was easily recorded due to lumpy skin disease virus.9


Field diagnosis of LSD is often based on characteristic clinical signs of the disease. However, mild and subclinical forms require rapid and reliable laboratory testing to confirm diagnosis.35 Most commonly used methods of diagnosing LSD are detecting virus DNA using the polymerase chain reaction (PCR), Different molecular tests are also the preferred diagnostic tools or by detecting antibodies to LSD virus using serology-based diagnostic tests.7 Rapid diagnostic confirmation of the tentative field diagnosis is fundamental for the successful control and eradication of LSD in endemic and particularly in non-endemic countries.41 In addition Laboratory test of LSD can be made by identification of the agent, routine histopathological examination and immune histological staining.42

Differential diagnosis

Although severe LSD is highly characteristic, but milder forms can be confused and misdiagnosed with numerous skin diseases of cattle that could be considered as differential diagnosis are: Bovine Herpes Mammilitis (Pseudo-lumpy skin disease): The presence of Bovine Herpes Mammilitis case has not yet been confirmed by laboratory in Ethiopia. Dermatophilosis: Dermatophilus congolensis infection is one of wide spread skin disease of cattle in Ethiopia and lesions could be differentiated from LSD in that the lesions of Dermatophilosis are superficial (often moist and appear as crusts of keratinized material) scabs of 0.5- to 2 cm diameter. The organism can be demonstrated by Giemsa staining. Demodicosis, Besnoitiosis, Photosensitization, insect bites; and Ringworm could also be considered as the differential diagnosis. Epidemiological features could help to distinguish LSD vs. other skin lesions.43 A definitive diagnosis can only be confirmed by submitting appropriate samples of skin lesions to a laboratory where the virus can be identified. Molecular diagnostic tests such as conventional and real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) assays are rapid and highly sensitive tests, and are widely used in veterinary diagnostic laboratories.41

Occurrence and current status of lumpy skin disease in Ethiopia

As Ethiopia has the largest number of livestock population in Africa. The Ethiopian economy is highly dependent on agriculture, which contributed about 48% of the GDP, followed by 39% from the service sector and 13% from the industrial sector. As a result of the country has much gain from the growing global market for livestock products. However, the livestock disease is one of the major livestock production constraints including LSD. LSD is one of the newly emerging diseases of cattle in Ethiopia.6 The current status and occurrence of LSD is associate with the different agro-climatic conditions and the associated risk factors. There are three variables expected to influence the distribution and occurrence of LSD in Ethiopia: the effect of agro climate, communal grazing/watering management and introduction of new animals. Moreover, Ethiopia has two major seasons of rainfall: a shorter rainy season that usually begins in mid-February and continues up to end of April and the long rainy season (75%) starting mid-June and ending mid September.44 Hence this association might be attributed to the availability and abundance of effective mechanical vector insects (Figure 3). Thus the temporal involvement between LSD occurrence and increase in the biting-fly population was positively correlated and significant increase to the occurrence of the disease. Consequently both biting-flies activity and disease outbreak frequencies begin to increase from April reaching a maximum in September which suggested that mechanical vector insects might play a major role in the disease outbreak of LSD (Figure 4). As mention environmental factor of sharing common watering points and grazing plots would allow contact and intermingling of different herds that would probably increase the risk of exposure and enhance the virus transmission through contamination and/or the speculated mechanical vectors such as Stomoxys spp. and mosquitoes.45 Subsequently the potential risk of agro-climate variations to LSD occurrence showed that herds in midland and lowland agro-climates were more likely infected by LSD than in the highland agro-climate. Seeing that the herd level sero-prevalence was higher in the midland (64 %) as compared to the lowland (50 %) and the highland (26 %)46 because Agro-climate variation is the basis for the type and abundance of considered mechanical vector insects. Therefore, the warm and humid climate in midland agro-climates might be a more favorable environment for the occurrence of large populations of biting flies than the remaining two agro-climates (Figure 5).47 As shown in (Table 1) below in Ethiopia in 2007-2011 total of 1352 diseases outbreak of LSD has been reported. The highest disease outbreaked was documented in Oromiya region and the least in Afar region.

Control and prevention

Till this moment, no specific antiviral treatment for LSD infection has been found. Sick animals should be removed from the herd and follow supportive treatment such as antibiotics, anti-inflammatory drugs, and vitamin injections. These therapies are usually the chances for the development of secondary bacterial infections, inflammation and fever, and thus improving the appetite of the animal.38 Prevention and control of LSD is undertaken through vaccination, quarantines, livestock movement, and control of insect vectors in the initial stages of an outbreak, to minimize mechanical transmission of the virus vector control, slaughter of infected and exposed animals and cleaning and disinfection of the premises, awareness campaign to facilitate cooperation from the industry and the community.32 The biting flies and certain tick species are probably the most important method of transmission of the disease, control by quarantine and movement control is generally not very effective. In endemic areas, control is therefore essentially confined to vaccination or immunoprophylaxis.48 Only live attenuated vaccines against LSD are currently commercially available. Live vaccines help control losses from lumpy skin disease in endemic areas. Homologous LSD vaccines are more successful than vaccines based on attenuated sheep pox viruses. Heterologous live attenuated virus vaccine may cause local and sometimes severe reactions. This vaccine is not advised in countries free from sheep and goat pox because the live vaccines could otherwise provide a source of infection for the susceptible sheep and goat populations.49 Therefore, vaccination is the only successful manner to control the disease in endemic countries but in non-endemic areas, the use of live attenuated vaccines would be highly questionable on the grounds of safety.7

Public health

LSD poses no zoonotic problems. Infected cattle are a not a source of any infection for humans and milk is safe to enter the human food chain. Whilst it is not desirable to eat the flesh of infected animals, due to the likelihood of carcass contamination by secondary bacterial infections, no harm has been known to have resulted from its consumption. Hence, there is no evidence and description that the virus can affect humans.50

Figure 3 Seasonal increases in biting-fly activity vs. lumpy skin disease (LSD) occurrence.57

Figure 4 Biting fly population density through the year in 2008/2009 based on fly catchment.14

Figure 5 LSD locations and major agro-climate zones in Ethiopia.46


Years of reported outbreaks








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Table 1 As regards reported outbreaks and LSD affected populations in different regions of Ethiopia from 2007-201127

Economic impact of the disease

Capri pox viruses are becoming an emerging worldwide threat to sheep, goats and cattle.51 LSD causes considerable economic losses due to emaciation, hide damage, temporary or permanent infertility in males and females, abortion, mastitis, loss of milk production and mortality of up to 40%, although mortality rarely exceeds 3%.9 Therefore, Lumpy skin disease is one of the economically significant diseases in Africa and the Middle East countries that cause severe production loss in cattle. The world organization for animal health (OIE) categorizes the disease as modifiable diseases because of its severe economic losses. The economic importance of the disease was mainly due to having high morbidity rate rather than mortality.9 As a consequence the financial implication of these losses is greatly significant to the herd owners, consumers and the industrial sectors which can process the livestock products and by products. Reports from Ethiopia indicated that the financial loss estimated based on milk, meat, beef, draught power, mortality, treatment and vaccination costs in individual head of local zebu were lost 6.43 USD and for the Holstein Friesian 58 USD.45 In general LSD is considered as a disease of high economic pressure because of its ability to compromise food security through loss, draft power, reduced output of animal production, increase production costs due to increased costs of disease control, and disrupt livestock and their product trade. Moreover, severe economic losses may be high due to condemnation of carcass and cost of inspecting meat as it damage to the hides.10 Permanent damage to the skin and hide greatly affect leather industry. It causes ban on international trade of livestock and causes prolonged economic loss as it became endemic and brought serious stock loss. Restrictions to the global trade of live animals and animal products, costly control and eradication measures such as vaccination campaigns as well as the indirect costs because of the compulsory limitations in animal movements cause significant financial losses on a national level.5259

Conclusion and recommendation

Lumpy skin disease (LSD) is a generalized skin disease which is an infectious, eruptive, occasionally fatal disease of cattle caused by a virus associated with the Neethling poxvirus in the genus Capri poxvirus of the family Poxviridae. LSD was first described in Zambia and occurs in other most African countries and currently endemic in most African countries and has recently spread out of Africa into the Middle East regions, Asia and Europe. In Ethiopia, LSD was first observed in 1983 in the north-western part of the country (south-west of Lake Tana). Mechanical vector of arthropods play main role in transmission of the virus while wildlife a plays role as a reservoir for LSDV outbreaks with typically associated with wet and warm seasons. Pathogen, environment and host factors are considered as main risk factors for the disease. The severity of clinical sign of LSD may be acute or sub acute form which depends on cattle breeds, ages and sexes factors. The disease is more severe in young animals and cows in the peak of lactation. LSD can be diagnosed using appropriate serological and molecular techniques. The disease can result in economic limitations to the global trade of live animals and animal products. The control of LSD can be achieved through vaccination, restriction of animal movement and eradication of infected and exposed animals. Based on the above conclusion the following recommendations are forwarded.

  1. The government should establish strategic policies for effective control and eradication of the disease, i.e. restriction of livestock movement, strategic vaccination program and depopulation of infected and in contact animals.
  2. Further research is required to elucidate vector insects incriminated in the transmission of LSDV and their dynamics in different agro-ecologies.
  3. Implementation of quarantine system before new animals introduced to the herd.
  4. Regular community knowledge that the herd owners should avoid herd mixing and contacts by using private grazing plots and watering sources.
  5. To develop the main method to control LSD is through Ring and mass vaccination cattle.


All thanks are due to Allah, the owner of universe, who without his guidance will not be possible to take any step forward. I wish to express my sincere thanks to my advisor, Dr. Equebaher Kassye, for his valuable constructive, advice, overall intellectual guidance, comments, suggestions and provision of literature materials. I am deeply indebted thanks to my beloved family for all of their support whose without their generous financial and moral support will not be possible for me to attain my long lasting goals. Last but not least, I wish thanks my beloved tutors, administrators and other supportive staff of Mekelle University, College of Veterinary Medicine; I will keep in mind the time we took together here in Mekelle University as whole of family and friends.

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