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Report: Over 10,000 animals dead in foot and mouth outbreak

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Report: Over 10,000 animals dead in foot and mouth outbreak

Over 61 thousand animals have been infected with foot and mouth disease, and over 10 thousand have died from it, according to a new report from the General Authority for Veterinary Services.

The report documenting the rising rate of the disease, which has devastated Egypts livestock population and led to a large increases in meat prices. The report also found that the import of live animals from Sudan and Ethiopia is not responsible for introducing the foot and mouth strain to Egypt . Researchers did not find any links between the disease and animals brought from the countrys ports.

Hayani Saad, chairman of a meat producers association, said that the country might see the end of the foot and mouth crisis in the beginning of April. Imported vaccines and warmer temperatures due to the start of the summer season should deter the disease, he said.

Translated from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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