Vet committee in Sudan to inspect calves before import

CAIRO: A veterinary committee will travel to Sudan Wednesday to inspect 7,200 calves whose import into Egypt was halted due to suspected foot and mouth disease, Youm7 reported.

Although not confirmed, 15 calves from the shipment were suspected of the disease. In a precautionary measure, Egypt ordered a committee to inspect and vaccinate the animals before entering the country, head of the Central Administration of the Veterinary Quarintine Sayed Gad el-Moula told Youm7.

The disease is highly infectious and threatens livestock farming.

Egypt has already signed a contract with Sudan to import 800,000 calves over three years at a cost of 1.3 billion EGP; the highest value trade contract between the two African countries.

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