Foot-and-mouth disease found in Shigatse county of Tibet

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Shigatse-TibetDharamshala: - Chinese authorities on Monday said that foot-and-mouth disease infections have been confirmed in cattle in Shigatse county in central Tibet.

On April 12, a village in Shigatse, (Chinese: Xigaze Prefecture) central Tibet reported that 32 head of cattle showed suspected signs of the disease, Xinhua said, citing Chinese Ministry of Agriculture (MOA).

"The National Foot-and-Mouth Disease Reference Laboratory on Monday confirmed the cases as type A foot-and-mouth disease," the state controlled media added.

"To prevent the disease from spreading, local authorities have sealed off and sterilized the infected area, where 156 head of cattle have been culled and safely disposed of," Xinhua reported, citing the official from the MOA.

Foot-and-mouth disease is a contagious and sometimes fatal viral disease that affects cloven-hoofed animals, including domestic and wild species within the family Bovidae, Xinhua further added.

The virus causes a high fever for two or three days, followed by blisters inside the mouth and on the feet that may rupture and cause lameness.

The virus causes a high fever for two or three days, followed by blisters inside the mouth and on the feet that may rupture and cause lameness.

However, the Chinese authorities did not clarify whether this disease was found in Tibet for the first time.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 23 April 2013 12:43 )  


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