Vaccination campaign targets zone surrounding foot-and-mouth hotspot

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AMMAN — The first phase of a new action plan to control the spread of foot-and-mouth disease among Jordan’s livestock was launched on Friday, with a vaccination campaign in the areas surrounding the virus hotspot, according to the Ministry of Agriculture.اضافة اعلان

In a statement carried by Ammon News, the ministry said that it had identified a radius surrounding the Al-Dhulail and Al-Khalidiyah areas in Zarqa as the most likely zone to be exposed to new infections.

Minister of Agriculture Khaled Huneifat stated that the ministry is implementing careful preventive measures during the vaccination process, using disinfectants before and after entering farms for vaccination purposes, and designating a single vaccination team to each farm.

While the current vaccination campaign represents the first stage of the action plan, the second stage will involve the animals closest to the disease hotspot, and will follow the established guidelines quarantining off affected areas and implementing permanent sterilization procedures for vehicles entering and leaving the zone via main roads, Huneifat said.

The ministry is also preparing to host epidemiology experts from a laboratory in Italy, who will verify and follow up on the measures taken by the ministry to track the disease, he said. Meanwhile, all current activities are being implemented under the supervision of an expert from the World Organization for Animal Health and in cooperation with the private sector.

The second batch of vaccines is expected to arrive at the beginning of this week, the minister added.

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