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Turkish goat and sheep plague poses regional threat

Author: Nick Iliev Date: Thu, Mar 04 2010 2 Comments, 2266 Views
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A highly contagious plague affecting farm animals has broken out in Turkey near the Bulgarian border, Bulgarian Dnevnik daily reported on March 4 2010.

Bulgarian veterinary authorities have ordered that urgent measures be implemented to prevent the plague spilling over from Turkey and affecting Bulgarian farm animals, the report said.

The plague was discovered in animals in the Turkish town of Lozengrad but currently no other municipal regions in Turkey are affected by the disease.

Nevertheless, Bulgarian authorities have ordered local farmers not to venture closer than 500 metres to the Turkish border from where the animals are grazing.

Meat and diary products crossing the border are reportedly being destroyed as part of pre-emptive measures, Dnevnik said.

Farms in Bourgas, Yambol and Haskovo are also under "special surveillance".

The plague, which affects small farm animals such as sheep and goats, is not harmful to humans. However, it is highly contagious among animals and has a high mortality rate. The disease has never been recorded on Bulgarian territory.

  • Anonymous neutral
    #2 09, 32, Fri, Mar 05 2010

    what else would come out of turkey?

  • Anonymous
    Epaminondas Rating:
    #1 20, 54, Thu, Mar 04 2010

    I wonder what this "plague" is ? Foot-and-mouth (la fievre aphteuse) affects larger animals too, so it can't be that.

    Could it be rinderpest, that died out in northern Europe in the 1930s ?

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