March 29, Associated Press – (International) UN: Egypt’s foot-and-mouth outbreak could spread.
A U.N. agency is warning that an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in Egypt could spread and threaten livestock in North Africa and the Middle East, leading to possible food shortages, the Associated Press reported March 29. The disease is not a direct threat to humans, but meat and milk from sick animals are unsafe for consumption. The Italy-based Food and Agriculture Organization said 40,222 cases of the disease are suspected in Egypt and 4,658 animals, mostly calves, have already died. The agency said 6.3 million buffalo and cattle and 7.5 million sheep and goats are at risk in Egypt. The agency said Egypt needs regional help in obtaining vaccines.