Across Mongolia, nearly five million animals have been vaccinated against the deadly foot-and-mouth disease (FMD).
“Nearly five million cloven-hoofed animals such as cattle, pigs and reindeer have been vaccinated against foot-and-mouth disease since Mongolia launched a month-long nationwide immunization campaign against that infectious disease on April 18,” GAVS said in a statement.
“Foot-and-mouth disease (MKD) is a viral infection that is spread among cloven-hoofed animals such as cattle, sheep and pigs.”
Since the beginning of this year, more than 356,800 cases of foot-and-mouth disease have been registered in 20 of the country’s 21 provinces, according to GAVS.
Foot-and-mouth disease in Mongolia
Mongolia has developed a strategy for 2022-2028 to combat foot-and-mouth disease and keep livestock healthy, said GAVS, adding that under the strategy, efforts will be intensified to support the immunity of animals susceptible to foot-and-mouth disease. High-risk animals in particular are expected to be vaccinated against the disease every six months.
The livestock sector is a mainstay of the Mongolian economy, with almost 70 million animals in the country compared to its 3.4 million people.
The landlocked country strives to develop its livestock sector by increasing meat exports in an attempt to diversify its mining-dependent economy.
However, frequent outbreaks of animal diseases such as foot-and-mouth disease and mad cow disease hinder the process.