Fact Check: Did Pakistan spread the lumpy skin disease in India?

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Did Pakistan start the lumpy skin disease outbreak?
The available evidence suggests that Bangladesh confirmed the cases of infection before it appeared in India and Pakistan. Also, evidence reveals that the disease was first reported in 1929 in Zambia.

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A social media post claims Pakistan started an outbreak of lumpy skin disease. We fact-checked and found the claim to be False. The available evidence only informs lumpy skin disease was detected in India before Pakistan.

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Fact Check

Did Pakistan spread an outbreak of lumpy skin disease ?

It does not seem so. The available evidence does not suggest Pakistan spread lumpy skin disease. THIP MEDIA has previously found a social media post that claims a man in Pakistan died of the disease and did a fact check to debunk lumpy skin disease spreads to humans through cow milk.

A document released by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) shows lumpy skin disease was first observed in India in 2019. By the time the FAO document was published in 2020, the disease was not detected in Pakistan. 

In a statement to BBC, Dr KP Singh, Joint Director of the Indian Veterinary Research Institute (IVRI), informedThe disease entered India from Bangladesh – not from Pakistan – due to natural animal movement and transport at the border. Cases in Bangladesh were reported earlier than cases in India. In Pakistan, cases were reported later, after being reported in India’. We even found a book on ScienceDirect that shows lumpy skin disease first originated in Zambia in 1929.

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