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European Commission supplies foot-and-mouth vaccine to Turkey

by 5m Editor
6 September 2006, at 12:21pm

EU - The European Commission has sent 1,660,500 doses of bivalent vaccine against foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) to Turkey, as a contribution towards the autumn vaccination campaign against this disease.

Foot-and-mouth disease is currently endemic in Turkey, with the latest outbreak occurring in a village near Istanbul and notified to the OIE in early July. In addition to disease eradication measures, such as the culling of infected herds, vaccination is considered to be an essential component in protecting animals from foot-and-mouth disease and preventing the spread of the virus.

The vaccines being sent by the EU are due to arrive in Turkey today, and vaccination will begin immediately. The vaccination campaign will be monitored by the FAO based European Commission for the Control of FMD (EUFMD) and the Commission will continue to assist Turkey in its efforts to eradicate this disease.

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