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Taiwan Announced That It Exterminated Foot And Mouth Disease

Taiwan’s Council of Agriculture (COA) announced that it had eliminated the foot and mouth disease on Taiwan’s livestock. Taiwan is battling the disease for almost a year of vaccinating to eradicate all of it.

According to COA, they will apply to World Organization for Animal Health for Taiwan be recognized as free from foot and mouth disease. If approved by the World Organization, Taiwan will become officially foot and mouth disease free country.

Foot and mouth disease has affected and taken down several livestock of Taiwan in mere 22 years since 1997 per COA. The disease have resulted to decreased of pig farmers from 25,000 to mere 7,000.

The disease resulted to a big loss on Taiwan’s livestock industry for about NT$170billion loss per year. Aside from foot and mouth disease, African swine fever is another case where Taiwan has its full effort to prevent the spread of the disease.


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