By Teddy Cambosa

Taiwanese government officials have assured the public that the recent outbreak of a lumpy skin disease will be contained in two weeks after the government has recently purchased 180,000 lumpy skin disease (LSD) vaccine doses from South Africa.

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The outbreak originates back from April 15, where new cases of the disease, which does not pose a threat to humans, were found in the New Taipei City district of Linkou. An emergency center launched an inoculation campaign and ordered the said South African vaccines.

According to Council of Agriculture (COA) Deputy Minister Huang Chin-cheng, the inoculation could be completed by April 28, just two weeks after the outbreak of the disease. On Friday morning, the southern regions of Pingtung County and Tainan City already received the necessary doses, he added.

The vaccination campaign is likely to safeguard the survival of the nation’s beef industry, valued at NT$14 billion (US$497 million).

Lumpy skin disease is an infectious, eruptive, occasionally fatal disease of cattle characterized by nodules on the skin and other parts of the body. Secondary bacterial infection often aggravates the condition.

Teddy Cambosa is a graduating BS Biology student and a former campus journalist at Batangas State University.