RECOMBINANT VAC­CINE FOR RINDERPEST

DIS­TRIB­UTED TO FIGHT CAT­TLE PLAGUE

The UB Post - - FRONT PAGE - By B.DUL­GUUN

The sec­ond batch of recombinant vac­cine for rinderpest has ar­rived and is be­ing dis­trib­uted to ru­ral set­tle­ments, ac­cord­ing to the Min­istry of Food, Agri­cul­ture and Light In­dus­try.

The min­istry pur­chased 15 mil­lion dosages of the vac­cine from Rus­sia with 337,500 USD and the Vet­eri­nary and Re­pro­duc­tion Depart­ment has been or­dered to send 5.4 mil­lion dosages to five western prov­inces of Mon­go­lia, namely Uvs, Bayan-Ul­gii, Khovd, Govi-Al­tai and Zavkhan prov­inces.

Of­fi­cials plan to re­serve the re­main­ing 9.6 mil­lion dosages for emer­gency use.

Rinderpest, or cat­tle plague, is an in­fec­tious vi­ral dis­ease that af­fects cat­tle, do­mes­tic buf­falo, and some other species of even-toed un­gu­lates, in­clud­ing buf­faloes, large an­te­lope and deer, gi­raffes, wilde­beests, and warthogs. The dis­ease killed nearly 130,000 cat­tle in Mon­go­lia in 2016 and around 5,500 Mon­go­lian Saiga an­telopes in ear­lier this year.

The Vet­eri­nary and Re­pro­duc­tion Depart­ment clar­i­fied that the vac­ci­na­tion will help im­prove live­stock’s im­mu­nity against rinderpest and al­low them to con­trol the spread and out­break of the dis­ease in the next five years.

Min­is­ter of Food, Agri­cul­ture and Light In­dus­try B.Bat­zorig or­dered provin­cial and soum vet­eri­nar­ies to ad­min­is­ter vac­cines to an­i­mals in an ef­fort to re­duce and pre­vent the spread of cat­tle plague in the coun­try as quickly as pos­si­ble.

Photo by E.KHARTSAGA

A car­cass of a cow af­fected with rinderpest

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