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.
The Rome-based Food and Agriculture Organization said Wednesday the
disease was detected in Gaza´s southern border town of Rafah on April
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.
The disease is not a direct threat to humans, but meat and milk from
sick animals are unsafe for consumption.