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Kuwait takes precautions against foot-and-mouth disease
February 10, 2016, 5:09 pm

Authorities have taken all necessary precautions to prevent spread of the foot-and-mouth disease, an official said on Wednesday. Dr. Abdulrahman Al-Kanderi, Director of Livestock Health at the Pubic Authority for Agricultural Resources and Fisheries (PAAFR), said in a press release that the authority had taken all precautionary measures to check spread of the disease.

The measures against FMD include quarantining, cleaning and vaccinations as well as guiding cattle raisers on steps that need to be taken in infection cases.

Kuwait recorded, on February 4th, a new FMD case, Al-Kanderi said, adding that the World Health Organization (WHO), along with the Gulf early warning center against epidemics, had been notified about the single case. He also noted some cases had been reported in neighboring countries.

PAAFR does its best to secure vaccinations, in shadow of available financial resources, particularly allotted for such cases. It also immunizes cows three times per year.

The FMD is an infectious and sometimes fatal viral disease that affects cloven-hoofed animals, including domestic and wild ones. The virus causes high fever for approximately two to six days, followed by blisters inside the mouth and on the feet. 

Source: KUNA

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