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Foot and Mouth Disease Returns in Libya

20 September 2013

LIBYA – Government reports have revealed twelve new outbreaks of foot and mouth disease in north western regions of Libya.

The outbreak places over 4,500 animals at risk of infection in the Zlitan and AL 'Aziziyah regions of the country, including 392 cattle of which 87 have been confirmed as dead.

Worst hit is a holding in Kaam which has recorded 52 deaths.

Calculations from the National Centre for Animal Health in Zawia have the morbidity rate at 72 per cent on beef and dairy farms and fatality at just under one third.

The epidemiological report confirmed the FMD serotypes as being ‘O Pan Asia 2011 and A Iran 5 2009.

Surveillance has been on-going since the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) was first notified of an FMD outbreak in January 2012.

At the time of the OIE update, no animals had been slaughtered.

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