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Cattle slaughtered in Mongolia due to lumpy skin disease

Christian Fernsby |
Cattle with lumpy skin disease have been slaughtered in eastern Mongolia, Mongolia's Food and Agriculture Minister Zagdjav Mendsaikhan said on Tuesday.

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The disease, characterized by fever, enlarged superficial lymph nodes and multiple nodules on the skin and mucous membranes, has spread to three eastern provinces of the country.

"So far, a total of 1,734 cows and bulls infected with the disease have been slaughtered," Mendsaikhan said in a statement. "We have been using sheep pox virus vaccines for cattle against the viral disease," he said, adding that the vaccination has been highly effective.

The disease has never occurred in Mongolia before, according to the General Authority for Veterinary Services.

This year, the deadly foot and mouth disease among cloven hoofed animals such as cattle, sheep and pigs has broken out in more than half of Mongolia's 21 provinces. The livestock sector is a main pillar of Mongolian economy, with around 70 million head of livestock in the country. The country will not export meat until the end of this year due to infectious animal diseases, the minister said in October.

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