Ministry records 11,000 cases of foot-and-mouth disease

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AMMAN — The Ministry of Agriculture’s epidemiological monitoring system recorded 11,000 cases of foot-and-mouth disease among the Kingdom’s livestock as of last Tuesday, with 10 deaths, according to the ministry’s assistant secretary-general for livestock, Ali Abu Nuqtah.اضافة اعلان

Vaccination efforts will target areas surrounding farms where the infections have been recorded, he said. About 50,000 doses of the vaccine have been imported into the Kingdom, and several farms have already been vaccinated, Saraya News reported.

The ministry announced the closure of livestock markets in the governorates outside Amman for a period of two weeks after it discovered new infections. This is due to the fact that the virus can spread via the air as far as 10km, and is also transmitted via solid objects such as shoes and car tires.  

Meanwhile, the ministry prohibited the transport of animals in or out of the Al-Dhuleil and Al-Khalidiyah areas, where infections are concentrated.

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