Some 160,000 head of cattle, or 60 percent of their total numbers in Macedonia, have been vaccinated against lumpy skin disease, said Zoran Popovski, head of the Food and Veterinary Agency on Wednesday. This disease, which is not harmful to humans, can never the less badly affect the herds. Popovski said that full vaccination should be completed by month's end.
"The spread of the disease has been stopped", said Popovski. He blamed farmers for being slow in reporting cases of the outbreak, and even said that political reasons have gone into the mix, contributing to the spread of the disease and the destruction of 2,100 heads so far.
"In some cases, farmers were hesitant to report or hand over the few diseases heads they had, and eventually were forced o hand over the entire herd. Some people were manipulated into not reporting. Those that failed to heed our advice and preventive measures suffered serious damages", said Popovski.
The disease is rare in these parts, and is believed to have been brought over by vector transmitters from Africa.