Foot and mouth disease, and it’s gross, via Wikipedia
Food security catastrophes are happening so quickly that we’re still writing the headlines of one when another breaks out. Today’s crisis is in Tibet, where “527 heads of cattle have been culled and safely disposed of,” which is farm-speak for “527 cows were killed and thrown away” after tests revealed the presence of foot-and-mouth disease in the region.
China Daily reports:
China’s Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) announced on Thursday that an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease has been confirmed in cattle in southwest China’s Tibet Autonomous Region.
A village in Dagze County in Lhasa City reported on April 25 that 145 heads of cattle were showing suspected signs of the disease, according to the MOA. […]
Local authorities sealed off and sterilized the infected area.
While all cattle-killing diseases are unpleasant, foot-and-mouth is a particularly nasty one. The disease causes, among many undesirable symptoms, ulcers and blisters to erupt on the cow’s gums. Humans are potentially susceptible to the disease, but it’s rare. The main concern is for other cattle, as the disease can spread quickly and wipe out entire farms.
Hopefully the local authorities can do their job, and not too many more “heads of cattle” will need to be “culled and safely disposed of.”