Nearly 250 cows have been infected with the foot-and-mouth disease in a farming area near Kuwait City, a newspaper reported on Saturday, April 21.
Al-Qabas , quoting farmers who called for the authorities to launch a vaccination campaign, said the area of the outbreak was Kabad, 30 kilometers (18 miles) southwest of the capital.
"Who is going to compensate me for my losses?" asked one livestock breeder who told the paper that 65 of his 90 cows had been infected.
Farmers warned that some contaminated animals could already have been slaughtered for public consumption and urged the government to take measures to confront the dangers of foot-and-mouth.
The agriculture ministry in neighboring Saudi Arabia announced at the start of April that 3,800 cases of foot-and-mouth disease had been detected in 67 sites. — (AFP, Kuwait City)
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