Thirty new cases of foot-and-mouth disease have been detected in Kuwait, but agriculture officials were quick to play down the incidences as "limited", a newspaper reported Wednesday, April 25.
"The new cases which have appeared in Wafra are still limited," a senior agriculture and fisheries official, Sultan Al-Khalaf, told Al-Qabas .
The new cases were detected in Wafra, a farming region 40 kilometers (25 miles) southwest of Kuwait City.
Khalaf said authorities had mobilized to vaccinate animals and were working with the police to restrict the movement of livestock.
The paper reported Tuesday that police had sealed off a livestock pen in the nearby Kabad area hit by foot-and-mouth to prevent the disease spreading, but cows from there had already been sold on and the authorities have begun vaccinating in two other areas.
The owner of the farm in Kabad, 30 kilometers (20 miles) southwest of Kuwait City, has been charged by police and his contaminated pen was seized on Monday, Al-Qabas said.
Kuwait City municipality, meanwhile, was continuing its inspections of local markets and announced that the meat was safe for human consumption.
According to Al-Qabas , nearly 250 cows are infected with foot-and-mouth in the Kabad area. The disease has also broken out in Kuwait's Gulf neighbors Qatar, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates.
State Minister for Cabinet Affairs Mohammad Sharar said Sunday that "a number of cases have been detected in one farm, but there is no cause for concern." — (AFP, Kuwait City)
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