Authorities in Iran, where several cases of foot-and-mouth disease have recently been discovered, plan to distribute some 2.5 million-vaccine doses against the virus, television reported in Tehran Friday, March 16.
The vaccines have been purchased abroad and should arrive in the country soon to be distributed freely to farmers, according to the director of the Iranian veterinarian body, Abbasali Motalebi, who was quoted on Iranian state television.
The Iranian official stressed, however, that the virus is currently "under control" in Iran. Motalebi said recently that Iran faced "a vaccine shortage" to "effectively combat" the disease.
Iran banned meat imports from Europe following the mad cow disease scare in 2000. — (AFP, Tehran)
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