Monday, October 10, 2005


Outbreak of aftose fever in Brazil

The Ministry of Agriculture confirmed today that an outbreak of aftose fever was detected in the State of Mato Grosso do Sul. The disease does not affect humans, but spreads very easily among cattle. In consequence, more than 30 countries have already halted imports of beef from Brazil (Brazil is the largest beef exporter in the world).
Rumours published by the Brazilian news go that the Ministry of Agriculture Roberto Rodrigues declared that he had alerted about this risk about a year ago; the then Minister of Planning, Guido Mantega, would have refused to release more funds to prevent the disease.
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