Eid-ul-Adha: Precautionary measures regarding purchase and sacrifice of animals

William Johnson

Medical experts say to be extra careful while buying sacrificial animals for Eid-ul-Adha as cases of Congo virus and lumpy skin can increase during these days.

The PMA alleged that there is no effective system to prevent entry of sick animals in cattle markets and contractors of cattle markets are issuing health clearances to all animals, including sick animals, by extorting money.

According to Pakistan Medical Association, with the arrival of Eid Al-Zhaha, markets for sacrificial animals start to be established in the cities and a large number of sacrificial animals are brought to the cities from within the country.

According to medical experts, in a situation where the risk of Congo virus increases and the risk of lumpy skin rash is also looming this year, citizens should take special care when buying sacrificial animals and those who take care of these animals. Required.

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What is Congo fever?

Secretary of Pakistan Medical Association, Dr Qaiser Sajjad, said that the Congo virus is spread by the bite of a flea or tick that has sucked the blood of cattle infected with the Congo virus or the blood of an infected animal during or immediately after slaughter. and is spread by touching meat or the blood, organs or other bodily fluids of infected persons.

Dr Qaiser Sajjad said that shepherds, butchers or anyone who has touched cattle and people living close to the infected person are at high risk of becoming victims of this virus.

Precautions

Dr. Qaiser Sajjad said that when buying a sacrificial animal or taking care of a sacrificial animal, wear light colored full-sleeved clothes, wear with shoes, socks, tube or lotion to protect against insects and vermin. Apply on the parts, be sure to bathe immediately after coming home after buying the sacrificial animal.

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He said that while slaughtering the animal, wear gloves on your hands, cover your mouth and nose with a mask, wash your hands with soap as soon as you remove the gloves, cover the skin of the animal with a plastic sheet and keep it separate. Do not spill animal blood or water on the road.

Symptoms

Dr. Qaiser Sajjad said that high fever, muscle pain, back pain, headache, vomiting, severe itching and nosebleed are among the symptoms of Congo virus, in case of any such symptoms, consult a doctor immediately. .

He said that another threat these days is the presence of Lumpy Skin Disease, the PMA warns the public to avoid going near animals with Lumpy Skin Disease and not to buy sick animals for sacrifice.

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Dr. Qaiser said that citizens should go to the cattle market to buy animals during the day so that you can avoid buying sick, emaciated and defective animals.

He advised the government to screen all animals at the entry points of cattle markets and allow only healthy animals to enter the market to save the lives and health of the public.

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