Foot and Mouth Disease Outbreak in Mongolia

Dornod province of Mongolia alone has destroyed 1,308 animals infected with highly contagious foot and mouth disease, the Government spokesperson stated this week.

In three eastern provinces of Dornod, Sukhbaatar and Khentii, burying of infected herds and disinfection measures are being taken by local authorities in an attempt to contain the high risk of disease not spread into major urban settlements especially Ulaanbaatar.

A strict quarantine regime was imposed in some part of the provinces, no animals are allowed to graze out of the area. Dornod province, according to preliminary conclusion by authorities, especially its Khalkh Gol, Matad, Bayantumen, and Bulgan soums, were a focal point of the infection.

Administration of Ulaanbaatar city earlier banned trading of live animals and meat products with those three provinces. Also, western provinces have banned to get breeding animals from those three provinces in next two years.

All vehicles are getting close screening and disinfection at the major vehicles checkpoint in Bayanzurkh where it has lately saw reinforcement by police and veterinary officers.
The Government of Mongolia decided to spend MNT330 million for the strict measures to contain the disease outbreak.
source: The UB Post
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