Published Date: 2023-01-16 10:40:33 GMT
Subject: PRO/AH> Foot & mouth disease - Iraq: (NI) livestock, spread, RFI
Archive Number: 20230116.8707801
FOOT & MOUTH DISEASE - IRAQ: (NINEVEH) LIVESTOCK, SPREAD, REQUEST FOR INFORMATION
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Date: Sat 14 Jan 2023
Source: IQ News Agency [in Arabic, machine trans., edited]
The veterinary hospital in Nineveh confirmed, on Saturday [14 Jan 2023], that "foot and mouth" disease [FMD] is not transmitted to humans from infected buffaloes and cows in the province. The director of the hospital, Dr Uday Al-Abadi, said in a statement received by IQ NEWS that "FMD infections appeared in buffaloes and cows in Nineveh Governorate, and the disease is not transmitted from animals to humans."
He added, "We have mobilized all efforts in veterinary clinics, where blood and tissue samples were taken and sent to the central laboratories in Baghdad to determine the pathogenic strain of the virus that is causing the infection." He indicated that "an urgent request was sent to the veterinary department in Baghdad to provide a vaccine for this disease for the purpose of vaccinating livestock in Nineveh Governorate."
FMD is a non-fatal viral disease that affects cows and goats. Its symptoms include fever, salivation and [foot lesions].
ProMED rapporteur Mahmoud Orabi
[The Nineveh governorate, in north west Iraq, borders the governorates of Dohuk, Kirkuk, Erbil, Saladin, and Anbar. It also neighbours Syria, mostly Al-Hasakah and Deir ez-Zor Governorates, adjacent to the "Kurdish triangle" shared by Turkey, Syria and Iraq. A map of regions is available at https://www.vectorstock.com/royalty-free-vector/iraq-administrative-divisions-map-vector-24018937.
A current TV news programme transmitted by Iraq Now News, reported by Omar Al-Zaidi and presenting water buffaloes with typical FMD signs (predominantly salivation), is available at https://tinyurl.com/3cxxbvrc.
Serotyping results, preferably also genotyping of the causative FMDV strain, are requested and would be appreciated. This strain may possibly be circulating elsewhere regionally. - Mod.AS
Nineveh Governorate, Iraq: https://promedmail.org/promed-post?place=8707801,11962]