Results of study on national response to FMD outbreak in Kingdom released

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AMMAN — The National Epidemiology and Infectious Diseases Center has announced the results of the comprehensive study reviewing the national response to the outbreak of foot and mouth disease (FMD) in Jordan. They regard the spread of this disease as a considerable threat, especially among the bovine population.اضافة اعلان

The international team of experts from the Emergency Management Center in Rome, affiliated with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), presented a summary of the study's results as part of the mission they conducted following a 5-day tour that covered several provinces in collaboration between the center and the Ministry of Agriculture, Hala News reported.

According to a statement issued by the center on Thursday, August 24, the results showed that it is necessary for Jordan to complete the activation of the integrated electronic system for monitoring targets in Jordan, and the importance of biosecurity that includes protocols to restrict the entry and spread of diseases among the population, including quarantine measures, controlled access areas, and monitoring systems.

A serious challenge to animal health
Mohammed Al-Yahya, acting head of the center, stated that Qala fever poses a serious challenge to human and animal health, noting its negative effects on national food security.

On his part, Mohammed Al-Hayari, the Secretary-General of the Ministry of Agriculture, stated that the ministry confirmed the presence of a new strain of FMD, indicating that it did not hide the problem's existence and took a series of measures, including vaccinating more than 73,000 heads of cattle in two weeks, stopping the transportation of livestock and cattle between provinces, and securing the entry of the vaccine and exempting it from taxes.

He added that the ministry's main goal was to contain the disease's foci, protect the cattle sector, and maintain it and food security. He noted that the disease was contained within two months.

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