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Expert Finds Foot And Mouth In Cyprus

by 5m Editor
5 November 2007, at 2:09pm

NICOSIA - Cyprus's agriculture minister said on Monday a European Union expert had confirmed an outbreak of foot and mouth disease at two farms on the Mediterranean island.

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"This is a very bad situation. We are a very small country and all farms are next to each other. It will be a big disaster for these people."

Agriculture Minister Photis Photiou

Final results were not expected from a European Union lab in Britain until later on Monday, but a Dutch veterinary expert confirmed the authorities' worst fears, Agriculture Minister Photis Photiou told Reuters.

"The EU expert who arrived visited the two farms this morning and has confirmed there is an outbreak," Photiou said.

"This is a very bad situation. We are a very small country and all farms are next to each other. It will be a big disaster for these people (farmers)," he said.

Authorities on Monday morning culled up to 300 goats and sheep from the two farms in the southern district of Larnaca, a farming intensive area dotted with pig and cattle farms.

Source: Reuters

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