Times of India | 3 days ago | 06-08-2022 | 04:50 pm
SURAT: Six new positive cases of swine flu were reported in the city on Friday pushing the tally to 43. On Friday, a total of 12 patients were hospitalized. In the past two days, two deaths have been reported in the city due to the disease. In Valsad, one patient died due to swine flu on Friday and two positive cases were also detected. “The cases will continue to rise as the environment is conducive for spread of swine flu virus. Testing has also increased simultaneously. Doctors are suggesting tests for those who came in contact with the positive patients,” a health department official told TOI. “The situation has not turned alarming, but we will undertake intensive monitoring. It can be prevented and cured with medicine but for that a patient will have to remain alert,” the official added. “Vaccination is also not effective in H1N1 since the virus is changing strain within a few months. In that condition, a person will have to take swine flu vaccine every six months,” another official said. Meanwhile, the number of Covid positive cases has come down to 27 on Friday, and 52 patients were discharged. A total of 259 cases are still active, of which nine patients are admitted in various hospitals.
Kheda became the 23rd district to be affected by Lumpy Skin Disease (LSD) that killed 149 cattle Tuesday and took the total number of deaths to 2,782 in the state. Kutch continues to be the worst-affected with 67 cattle deaths registered Tuesday. Bhavnagar (20 deaths), Rajkot (19), Surendranagar (11) and Banaskantha (11) saw a number of deaths.Banaskantha, which has a high concentration of milch animals, reported the maximum number of new LSD cases at 1,076. Devbhumi Dwarka and Rajkot reported 241 and 168 new cases respectively.Overall, the state reported 2,517 new cases Tuesday as the virus spread to 134 new villages. So far, over 74,400 cattle have been infected by the virus of which 53,453 have recovered from the disease. The state government has, so far, vaccinated 30.61 lakh cattle, including 2.27 lakh on Tuesday. Currently, Gujarat has over 17.38 lakh doses of vaccine in reserve.
AHMEDABAD/RAJKOT: As many as 661 new Covid-19 cases were reported in the state in 24 hours ending 5pm on Monday, taking the total number of cases since the beginning of the pandemic to 12.61 lakh. The state's death toll increased to 10,980 with two deaths in Bhavnagar city The new cases include 206 from Ahmedabad, 82 from Vadodara, 70 from Surat and 63 from Rajkot districts In the 24 hours, Gujarat also vaccinated 5,475 people for the first dose and 5,972 for the second. In all, 5.43 crore have been administered first and 5.38 crore second dose of Covid vaccine. Booster doses were given to 23,023 senior citizens, taking the total to 50.19 lakh. The state also administered 2.26 lakh booster doses to those in 18-59 years population, taking total to 59.25 lakh
The registered cattle deaths due to Lumpy Skin Disease (LSD) in Gujarat have risen to 2,633 as 131 more animals succumbed due to the virus Monday.According to the figures shared by the state government, LSD has infected 72,893 cattle in 22 districts of the state of which 51,878 have been cured. The state government has vaccinated over 28.33 lakh cattle so far.Over 3,200 villages have been affected by the disease in Gujarat that has an estimated two crore of cows and buffaloes. On Monday, the virus spread to five more talukas engulfing 188 villages. The highest number of LSD cases were reported from Banaskantha district where 1,086 cases were registered. The district also saw 17 cattle deaths Monday. The highest number of cattle deaths was reported in Kutch where 70 cattle died on a single day. Kutch saw 44 new LSD cases Monday. The state government has allocated over 44.84 lakh vaccine doses at the district level for cattle to fight the rapidly-spreading infection.
AHMEDABAD: Girls love them, they are super popular in dorms and their fan following cuts across batches. And no, class studs of the IIM Ahmedabad (IIM-A) do not stand a chance against the swooning popularity of the pack of 38 dogs and 15 cats that have made the lush green campus of the premier B-school their home. One can find feline'Friends' Rachel, Monica and Joey here. Then, there is Dobby - a character from the Harry Potter universe - and its twin, christened Maybe on the campus. The IIT Gandhinagar campus is home to strays named Boeing, Activa, Biscuit, Cream and Brownie! The campus near Gandhinagar hums with puppy love with some 40 cats and dogs. Such is the passion and compassion for the animals that the institute has a dedicated veterinary cell to take care of their vaccination and other medical needs. While premier educational institutes in and around Ahmedabad are known for their research, pedagogy, and illustrious alumni, the thriving subculture on residential campuses has helped foster an amazing student-animal bond. For students living away from their homes, the bonding with the furry occupants is so strong, they willingly go the extra mile and hold special vaccination camps, naming ceremonies and even crowdfunding to give them the best possible care and love. According to old-timers, while strays have always been around, the students' love for them to ensure formal setup to take care of pets on campus is a fairly new phenomenon. It has also caused run-ins and some skirmishes between staff, students and dog catchers prompting some institutions to formulate rules and unwritten pet policy. At MICA, the two beagles - Frozo and Pfaff - are adopted from a nearby medical research facility in 2018, and to take care of them there's also a 'Beagle Band' of the students. The pets are no push-overs, they are stars in their own right - Gujarat National Law University (GNLU) and IIM-A have dedicated Instagram pages that keep updating about their well-being, occasional requests for adoption or donations. The campuses also have groups such as Pawsible and Paws of GNLU. Instant camaraderie and sense of belonging are two major reasons for many students to adopt pets or get attached to them. Manali Shah, part of Pawsible at IIM-A, said that she had joined the institute amid pandemic and there were few students on the campus. "I was not much fond of the pets earlier, but I bonded surprisingly well with the dogs on the campus and started feeding them. The love and warmth the dogs provided during my initial days has formed a life-long connection," says Shah who takes care of feeding the dogs at designated times. At the National Institute of Design (NID), the sound of 'Damru' keeps students in sway. The canine can also be found in the workshop area, canteen and corridors where the students just cuddle it or play fetch. In almost all institutes, including NID, the student community nurtures and provides for the cats and canines on the campus. Students said that like the heirloom passed on from one generation to the next, the pets often come with do's and don'ts, likes and dislikes and of course generous donations from their immediate seniors. It ensures that their pets remain cosy on a half-chewed rug or a shade in corridors while the academia around them scurry around to build their careers and chase plum placements.
An Indian American veterinary doctor has called for mass vaccination of cattle and immediate restriction on their inter-district movement to prevent the spread of lumpy skin disease in India.More than 3,000 cattle in Rajasthan and Gujarat and over 400 in Punjab have died due to the disease.Members of the Rajasthan Association of North America (RANA) have galvanised themselves over the past few days to extend support the farmers in their home state in their efforts to save cattle from the disease.Mass vaccination of cattle and putting an immediate stop on their inter-district movement are the two major steps that are needed to prevent any further spread of the deadly disease, Ravi Murarka, President of the American Association of Veterinarians of Indian Origin told PTI on Saturday.Murarka, who hails from Rajasthan, is also the chairman of the animal welfare community of RANA.Describing the outbreak of the disease during the monsoon season as a “perfect storm”, Murarka said talks have been initiated with experts on how to tackle the disease and send relevant vaccines to India at a quick notice.“The situation is very serious in Rajasthan right now,” Murarka said, adding that the death of cows on a mass scale would have a devastating impact on the farmers and economy.“It’s important to control mosquitoes or keep the vector away from susceptible animals. Animals at risk should keep indoors at night to be away from mosquitoes. Avoid any transportation of animals at night. Brushing animals at risk with lime, quicklime or slaked lime that forms a layer on skin and decreases the ability of mosquitoes to reach the skin is advisable,” he said.“I think, if we follow these measures, maybe it will be help to control the disease,” Murarka said.