The Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance considers it necessary to rebut the information published in paper “Epizootological study on spatiotemporal clusters of Schmallenberg virus and Lumpy skin diseases: the case of Russia” on Veterinaryworld.org website on September 8, 2018.
We’d like to inform that lately there have been observed “dumps” of pseudoscientific approaches to interpretation of scientific data in print media.
Amateurish analysis and distorted official data do not only challenge the authors’ professionalism but undermine the prestige of the institution where they work.
Thus, Fayssal Bouchemla and other authors of the Saratov State Vavilov Agrarian University presented unreliable data on the LSD agent spread in the Russian Federation.
In their paper the authors inform about the high degree of LSD detection in Bashkiria in 2017. Herewith, according to the information obtained from the veterinary services of the Subject and information submitted to the OIE only one case of the infection was reported in the Republic.
Crude distortion of official data invoked by the authors is the statement that the first LSD case was reported in the RF in 2016 while actually the first cases of the infection were detected in 2015 in the Republic of Dagestan. Besides, the paper presents unreliable data on the number of outbreaks in the RF in 2016. In the authors’ opinion 258 LSD cases were notified while according to the official OIE data 313 outbreaks were reported in the RF in 2016.
The figures in the paper demonstrate gross inaccuracies. Thus, in Figure 5c Tomsk Oblast is among LSD infected RF Regions, however, no LSD cases have been reported there.