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The cattle were infected with a viral plague from livestock provided by the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), according to a medical official

Nearly 200 cattle die of infection from UN-supplied livestock in Taiz

About 200 cattle have died in Taiz governorate in southwest Yemen after being infected with a viral plague from livestock supplied by the UN’s Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), according to a medical official in the local authority.  

The areas hit by the outbreak include Al-‘Aboos, Dhabi, Ash’ab, Habatera, Adana and other areas in Hayfan district in southern Taiz.

Locals in Hayfan said the livestock were distributed in December by the UN body and the project was funded by the Japanese government, as part of President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi’s government initiative to support families affected by food insecurity. 

The livestock deaths are a grave concern for Taiz residents who rely on the animals for their livelihoods and lack access to adequate health and veterinary facilities. 


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