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Israel Reports Four More FMD Outbreaks

22 June 2011

ISRAEL - The Israeli veterinary authorities have reported four new outbreaks of foot and mouth disease (FMD) in Hafazon and Haifa, affecting cattle and sheep.

The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) received follow-up report no. 4 yesterday, 21 June.

According to the report, a total of 598 cattle were found susceptible to the disease, out of which 24 cases were identified. One death was recorded.

While the cause of the outbreak has not been confirmed, illegal movement of animals has been suspected as the primary cause of the outbreak.

Most of the affected herds were vaccinated within the last year.

Ten of the outbreaks have been typed and found as due to type O.

The herds which have not been typed yet are Majdal Shams and Rahat. Ben Ammi and Qela are suspected, the report states.



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