Friday 13 April 2012
FMD claims 100,000 cattle
100,000 cattle struck by new Egyptian FMD outbreak.
Almost 100,000 head of cattle are now believed to have been infected in the latest foot-and-mouth disease outbreak in Egypt.
Essam Abdel Shakur, the head of Egypt's central quarantine service, told the AFP-news agency that 93,734 head of cattle are believed to have been hit by the disease since February, of which 9022 had died.
The latest outbreak represents a new strain that known as SAT2, and livestock have no known immune protection against it.
Last Thursday, the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) warned that the new FMD outbreak threaten the whole of North Africa and the Middle East.
The UN food agency said that failing to prevent the spread of the disease could have serious implications for food security in the region.
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