Ministry of Agriculture reports no signs of FMD for two days in Zarqa

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AMMAN — The Ministry of Agriculture announced on Sunday that there have been no signs of the Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) for two consecutive days in the Duhelil area of Zarqa, which was the epicenter of a recent outbreak. اضافة اعلان

The ministry stated that the spread of the disease has been contained, thanks to the strict restrictions imposed on livestock transport and markets, the Jordan News Agency, Petra reported.

Milk production ‘gradually increasing’In a statement released by the ministry, it was noted that the milk production in the epicenter of the outbreak is gradually increasing. Additionally, the damage assessment committee is expected to wrap up its job as of Sunday evening.

According to reports issued by a committee of Italian specialists, who were formed by the World Organization for Animal Health, the new strain of the SAT2 virus, which is a serotype of FMD, is genetically identical to a strain found in Iraq.

It is believed that the disease may have been transmitted through fodder imported to the Kingdom.

The ministry has also announced that livestock markets will reopen on Monday in all governorates, except for Zarqa and Mafraq. However, cows and calves will not be available for trade.

‘Safe for consumption’Officials have reassured the public that the FMD outbreak does not pose a threat to human health and that local animal products are safe for consumption.

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