Brucellosis Epidemic in Cattle, Humans in Kyrgyzstan

KYRGYZSTAN - While Russian authorities are banning meat from counties all over the world, they are doing nothing about the epidemic of brucellosis in their own backyard in Kyrgyzstan, which has affected 2,000 humans.
calendar icon 29 December 2008
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The Red Cross and the World Health Organization (WHO) are at a loss knowing what to do as the hospitals fill up and nothing is being done to prevent the spread of the disease, reports Farming UK.

It has been widely known for decades that tuberculosis (TB) and brucellosis can be spread through milk or meat products. This was why the Ministry of Agriculture Food and Fisheries (MAFF) in England introduced TT testing (Tubercular Testing) on all farms in England and eradicated the disease.

The small former Soviet nation of Kyrgyzstan, which gained independence in 1991, is showing a 10 per cent incidence of brucellosis in the human population in the Naryn region, according to the WHO.

Brucellosis in humans causes loss of weight, followed by a prolonged death and abortion in women.

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