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Ecuador confirms 48 cases of foot-and-mouth disease

2009-06-24 13:07 BJT

QUITO, June 23 (Xinhua) -- The Ecuadorian government on Tuesday confirmed 48 cases of foot-and-mouth disease in domestic animals, which prompted neighboring Colombia and Peru to take preventive measures on their meat imports.

The government is expected to take drastic measures such as culling domestic animals that had not been vaccinated. One "should not play" with the disease, said Agriculture and Livestock Minister Walter Poveda.

Commenting on the decisions by Colombia and Peru, Poveda said each country has to take necessary measures to avoid an epidemic.

However, he said Ecuador does not export cow meat, so the two countries' decisions will not affect Ecuadorian export.

In January, Peru temporarily suspended the import of the ovine, swine and bovine stock from Ecuador.

Editor: Zhang Pengfei | Source: Xinhua