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Foot-and-mouth disease spreads to Gaza Strip (AP) Associated Press) GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip 05/02/12 2:05 pm ET) Source: http://old.news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20120502/ap_on_re_mi_ea/ml_palestinians_foot_and_mouth;_ylt=AmG7wXTYHF6ar0JltlkPJDELewgF;_ylu=X3oDMTM1N3FyNjVxBGFzc2V0A2FwLzIwMTIwNTAyL21sX3BhbGVzdGluaWFuc19mb290X2FuZF9tb3V0aARwb3MDMTMEc2VjA3luX3BhZ2luYXRlX3N1bW1hcnlfbGlzdA
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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip – A U.N. agency says Egypt´s outbreak of foot- and-mouth disease has reached neighboring Gaza Strip and could soon spread across the Middle East.
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The Rome-based Food and Agriculture Organization said Wednesday the disease was detected in Gaza´s southern border town of Rafah on April 19.
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Juan Lubroth, FAO´s chief veterinary officer, says vaccines are in short supply and animal movement must be limited. He says the disease risks spreading to the Gulf, southern and eastern Europe and further.
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The disease is not a direct threat to humans, but meat and milk from sick animals are unsafe for consumption.
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Zakaria Kafarna of Gaza´s Agriculture Ministry says the situation is under control. He says livestock imports from Egypt have stopped, and officials are vaccinating thousands of animals. (© 2012 The Associated Press 05/02/12)
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