Foot-and-mouth outbreak causes losses of LE200 million

Official sources within the Agriculture Ministry said Egypt's total losses due to the recent foot-and-mouth disease outbreak, which was first reported on 26 February, have reached LE200 million.

Dr. Suhair Hassan, head of the Central Department for Preventive Medicine, said the total number of infections is currently 78,316. Hassan said 66,418 cases have been cured while 11,898 are suspected to still have the disease.

At this time, 6,544 cattle are being treated for the disease, 5,354 are recovering, and 17,654 animals have died, mostly calves.

The number of animals dying per day has shrunk from thousands to hundreds, Hassan said.

Translated from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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