|A veterinary official sprays chemicals at a cattle breeding farm. — VNA/VNS Photo Thanh Thuy
QUANG TRI (VNS) — The Veterinary Department in the central province of Quang Tri yesterday reported that cases of foot and mouth disease were on the rise and could become widespread.
Foot and mouth disease has appeared in Gio Linh, Trieu Phong and Cam Lo Districts, with a total of 49 cases reported in 16 local households.
The cattle were infected with the disease during the Lunar New Year celebrations, when timely prevention and treatment measures were not available, the department said.
The cold and wet weather have also contributed to the spread of the disease, it added.
To deal with the situation, the veterinary and agriculture and rural development departments of the province have announced the outbreak and prohibited the sale and transport of cattle in the affected areas.
The departments' officials also guided cattle breeders on treatment for their infected cattle and supplied chemicals for them to spray in the breeding areas.
The People's Committee in Gio Linh and Trieu Phong districts supplied 4,000 doses of a vaccine for cattle here to curtail the spread of the disease.
Head of the veterinary department Le Thi Nga said the risk of an outbreak of the disease was high because most of the cattle in the province had not been vaccinated since September due to the lack of vaccines.
Currently, the province needs some 60,000-65,000 doses of the vaccine for the cattle, she said.
The department has asked the provincial People's Committee to fund the purchase of 30,000 doses to supply the areas at greatest risk of infection as well as the affected areas, she said. — VNS