The headquarters of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization in Rome have - following an urgent request from the Cypriot authorities - requested 7000 doses of vaccine from Teheran to combat the outbreak of African horse sickness in Cyprus.
MV Two sick horses.
MV Sick mule.
MV Sick horse.
CV Another sick horse.
CU Quick breathing shown.
MV Sick mule.
CV Sick horse.
CU Puffed up eyes. (Two shots.)
MV Dying animal.
SV Above with children looking on.
CU Dying animal's head.
SV Men spray a mule with disinfectant.
MV Group round vaccine on table.
MV Veterinary surgeon inoculating animal.
CU Phase of inoculation.
GV Horses awaiting disinfection.
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Background: The headquarters of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization in Rome have - following an urgent request from the Cypriot authorities - requested 7000 doses of vaccine from Teheran to combat the outbreak of African horse sickness in Cyprus. In Famagusta September 15 horses were seen in various stages of the disease. 20 have died in the past two weeks.
Once infected, the animals die within three days, and groups of medical officers were busy spraying them with disinfectants and making large scale inoculations. Intensive measures were being taken to segregate the sick from the unaffected horses.
A virus - transmitted by a night-flying midge - causes African horse sickness. Dr. Reed of U.N.F.A.O's and veterinary branch said it was feared that between 100,000 and 150,000 horses and donkeys have already been killed this year. The epidemic is particularly grave in Iraq, Persia, Pakistan and Central India.
Many parts of Asia are seriously affected by the disease, and its appearance in Cyprus is felt to increase the danger of a spread to southern Europe.
By organizing a delaying action, using the limited funds and facilities available, the U.N.F.A.O. hope that cold weather will kill the carrier insects and provide an interim period for the production of vaccine in various international laboratories.