The movement of people, animals and animal products for trade is leading to an increased spread of animal diseases across national borders, the United Nations food agency warned, according to a report by Iran's official news agency (IRNA) on Saturday.
An official statement released by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Friday was quoted by the agency as saying that more than 50 people in Yemen are reported to have died over the last few days from a suspected outbreak of Rift Valley Fever.
Reports from Yemen say the number exceeds 90.
High abortion rates in livestock and deaths of young calves and sheep have been reported in the Al-Hudaydah province that borders Saudi Arabia's Jizan province, where sixteen people died of the disease last week.
FAO is participating in an emergency mission in Saudi Arabia to help the local authorities tackle the outbreak, while a similar mission is being planned for Yemen, IRNA added.
Cross-border infections have also occurred in South Africa - where Foot and Mouth disease broke out a few days ago on a farm after the virus was transmitted, it is suspected, in pig feed obtained illegally from a foreign ship, FAO said - Albawaba.com
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