Rift Valley Fever spreads fear and market losses in Saudi Arabia

Published October 10th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Unofficial sources in Saudi Arabia have reported 25 deaths in the Jazan region, caused by the Rift Valley Fever which has recently stricken the kingdom, reported Al-Hayat newspaper. Consequently, the local market has been affected, since the kingdom’s citizens have altered their nutrition habits and cut down on their red meat consumption noticeably.  


Some local restaurants and meat stores have stated that their meat sales dropped by 30 percent because of the public’s concern about the Rift Valley Fever. The local sheep retailers have also reported a 25 percent decline in sales, while a similar trend prevails in the fish market.  


The Saudi health ministry attributed the spread of this disease in the kingdom to sheep imported from African countries. As a result, local authorities have banned the import of sheep from these countries. –(Albawaba-MEBG) 


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