2001 News Story

Committee formed to combat foot and mouth disease

In a prompt and decisive move following the detection of two cases of foot-and-mouth disease in the northwestern part of the country, a high-level committee has been set up to supervise precautionary measures to prevent the possible spread of the disease. A royal decree announced the formation of a national committee under the chairmanship of Minister of Interior Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz, with as members the ministers of Agriculture and Water, Municipal and Rural Affairs, Finance and National Economy, and Health. The decree assigned the committee to ensure all measures are taken to eradicate the disease at its first signs, and to spread awareness among livestock owners of the necessity to report cases immediately.

During a routine check in the area of Yanbu in Madinah Province, two calves were discovered that had contracted foot-and-mouth disease. All precautions were immediately taken by the concerned authorities, with follow-up by Governor of Madinah Province Prince Miqrin bin Abdulaziz, who issued administrative directives for care and vigilance in taking precautionary measures such as quarantine, routine checking of barns, and tightening of safety measures at slaughter houses.