As per reports, it has been revealed that foot and mouth disease, which created pandemic in Egypt, has now reached at neighboring places, like Gaza strip. It is expected that the disease will soon spread in Middle East also.
A lot of problems are coming to curb the disease, as there is shortage of vaccine. The Rome-based Food and Agriculture Organization said that they came to know about the first case that occurred in Gaza strip on April 19, 2012. The disease was detected in the southern border town of Rafah.
Juan Lubroth, who is FAO's chief veterinary officer, said that the disease does not pose any direct threat to humans. However, it should be noted that humans can be affected if they consume poultry products or dairy products of infected animals.
"We received the 20,000 vaccines a week ago and . I can say that most of the animals were given the vaccine", he said, adding that his ministry had now lifted restrictions on the movement of animals. "The situation is not worrying", said Adel Attalah, who is an officials from Gaza's ministry of agriculture.
Zakaria Kafarna of Gaza's Agriculture Ministry said that there is no need to panic, and the situation is under control. They are taking all the possible measures by which the disease does not get spread to their region. This is the reason that they have stopped importing livestock imports from Egypt.
In addition, they have also passed on the instruction that officials should vaccinate all the animals. Other instruction is that people should avoid consuming meat and chicken products. Kafarna said that 20,000 vaccines will soon be available for sheep and goats in Gaza.