Amadeusz Juskowiak

Health experts urge eradication of rinderpest

World animal health experts called for a campaign to eradicate the lethal cattle disease Rinderpest in Bangladesh Bhutan India Nepal and Pakistan a statement from a Food and Agriculture Organization FAO meeting here said

Some 230 mln dlrs is needed over two years to vaccinate the entire susceptible cattle population in Bangladesh and Pakistan and highrisk areas of the other three countries In India some 240 mln cattle are estimated to be at risk from the disease

The experts recommended the campaign be funded mostly by the governments of the five nations with help from the FAO Similar campaigns are needed in Egypt Yemen Iraq and Iran

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