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[06.01.24] Foot and Mouth Outbreak in Kyrgyzstan

An outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease has been reported in Kyrgyzstan, local media said Tuesday.
 
Officials closed some livestock markets in the northern part of the country after veterinarians registered dozens of cases of the disease among cattle, the Kyrgyz AKIpress news agency said, quoting Azattyk, the Kyrgyz service of Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty.
 
Officials said the infected cattle came from Kazakhstan, prompting Kyrgyzstan to impose strict control on the transportation of cattle from that country.
 
Last November, an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease was reported in Kyrgyzstan's southern Batken region.
 
According to the World Health Organization, foot-and-mouth is the most contagious of animal diseases. In animals it is recognized by acute fever, followed by the development of blisters in the mouth and on the feet.
 
The disease also affects humans, but only rarely.
 
zwire.com/ United Press International, January 06, 2004

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