Foot and Mouth Outbreak in Egypt Threatens Region, UN’s FAO Says

A major outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in Egypt is threatening the North Africa and Middle East regions, the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization reported on its website today.

Egypt suspects 40,222 cases of the livestock disease, and 4,658 animals have already died, the Rome-based FAO wrote, citing official estimates.

The strain of the disease is new, meaning livestock have no immune protection against it, according to the UN agency.

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