UAE bans import of cows from Jordan over reported “LSD Virus”

UAE bans import of cows from Jordan over reported “LSD Virus”
2013-07-02 15:49:17

WAM ABU DHABI, July 2nd, 2013 (WAM) — The UAE has imposed a temporary ban on imports of living cattle, their non-processed skins and derivatives from Jordan after it reported cases of Lumpy Skin Disease (LSD).

A resolution, issued by the Minister of Environment and Water, Dr. Rashid Ahmed bin Fahad, based on reports by the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), says the ban will remain in place until the epidemic in Jordan is declared clear.

The resolution explains that the move was taken as part of the ministry’s strategy to protect public health.

Lumpy Skin Disease (LSD) is an acute infectious disease of cattle and has significant economic importance due to its endemic threat to livestock health and the dairy industry. An outbreak could cull as much as 10% of the herd while disease prevalence could reach up to 45%.

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