Thailand fights FMD with vaccination campaign 

Thailand’s Department of Livestock Development will begin a foot and mouth disease vaccination campaign from December to January to contain an FMD outbreak in cattle.

Dairy cows will be vaccinated on farms in the infected areas. Also, farmers are urged to suspend animal and carcass movements for one month from Nov 15 to Dec 15, especially in re-infected provinces such as Lopburi, Saraburi, Nakhon Ratchasima, Petchaburi, Ratchburi, Nakhonpathom, Kanchanaburi and Chumporn.

Transportation to slaughterhouses in the provinces is still permitted, except for sick animals showing FMD signs. Infected farms should stop selling raw milk, cow dung and halt artificial insemination.

DLD will vaccinate all cattle, buffalo, goat and sheep older than four months within a 5-km radius around the outbreak areas which will be under voluntary quarantine for at least a month.

FMD outbreaks have been reported in Saraburi, Lopburi, Nakhon Ratchasima, Chaiyaphum, Chiangrai, Lampoon, Lampang, Nakhonpathom, Ranong, Satul, Phang Nga and Song Khla.