The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on Thursday it has embarked on research for a vaccine on foot and mouth disease affecting cattle in Tanzania.

Moses Ole-Neselle, a senior FAO official, said researchers under the project have collected samples from various parts of the country for testing, according to a statement by the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries. “This research is aimed at discovering a vaccine that will stop recurrences of foot and mouth disease in cattle in the country,” said Ole-Neselle.

Foot and mouth disease, a severe, highly contagious viral disease of livestock, is one of the major trans-boundary animal diseases in East Africa causing economic loss to farmers and other stakeholders in the livestock industry.The disease occurs widely in both Uganda and Tanzania with annual outbreaks recorded.

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