Lumpy skin disease

What is Lumpy Skin Disease (LSD)?

  • Lumpy skin disease (LSD) is a viral disease of cattle and water buffalo that can result in animal welfare issues and significant production losses. The disease is spread primarily by biting insects, but also contaminated equipment and in some cases directly from animal to animal. It does not pose a risk to human health. The global distribution of LSD is increasing, as is the risk to Australia.

What does Lumpy Skin Disease look like?

  • Infection typically causes an acute disease with fever, depression, and characteristic skin nodules.

How do I report Lumpy Skin Disease?

  • If you suspect an exotic disease in your livestock, immediately call the Emergency Animal Disease Watch Hotline on 1800 675 888.

For more information on LSD, read the Biosecurity Queensland Alert

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