7.2K Sudan calves to be shipped to Egypt after clearance of foot, mouth disease

CAIRO: A total of 7,200 heads of Sudanese cattle will be shipped to Egypt after Egyptians vets inspected them to make sure they are free of the foot and mouth disease, Youm7 reported.

Some 15 calves were suspected of the disease in the quarantine where the cattle designated for Egypt stayed, head of the General Authority for Veterinary Services Ibrahim Mahrous told Youm7 Sunday.

In a precautionary measure, Egypt ordered a veterinary committee to inspect and vaccinate the animals before entering the country. The disease is highly infectious and detrimental to agriculture.

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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