RECOMBINANT VACCINE FOR RINDERPEST
DISTRIBUTED TO FIGHT CATTLE PLAGUE
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.
A carcass of a cow affected with rinderpest