Outbreak foot and mouth confirmed in Cyprus
The Cypriot authorities confirmed their first outbreak
of foot and mouth disease for over 40 years on Monday.
EU member states announced yesterday in a press release that they will
support a decision by the Commission to swiftly introduce protection measures
after a visit of an EU specialist to the farms in question. Two experts from the
EU emergency veterinary team have been sent to Cyprus already to provide direct
The deadly foot and mouth disease was discovered in goats and sheep at two farms in the
village of Dromolaxia on the south coast near Larnaca. Keeping in line with EU
legislation, the authorities culled around 330 suspected goats and sheep on
Monday. More culling is planned.
In addition, a 3km protection zone and a
surveillance zone of 10km has been set-up around the affected area. Reports
state that around one third of Cyprus' livestock is within this exclusion zone,
which is an area of intensive animal husbandry.
Stringent movement controls have been enforced. Cyprus is now categorised as
a high risk zone. Cypriot Agriculture Minister Photis Photiou stated that there
are no livestock movements in or out of the country and the EU had placed a ban
on Cypriot meat and dairy product exports.
Some breeders are attributing the outbreak to
imported livestock, which was not controlled properly. However, what remains is
that it comes as a hard blow to the Cypriot livestock sector and will have a
negative effect on the economy.
â€¢ Ministry of
Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment Cyprus
â€¢ European Commission
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