Campaign begins to stop animal diseases on Syria-Lebanon border

A Lebanese livestock-keeper benefitting from FAO's support activities. FAO@PHOTO

Concerns over the spread of animal diseases are mounting in Lebanon and neighbouring countries, as approximately 1.5 million refugees flee the conflict in Syria.

That's according to the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) which has warned that some migrants are bringing large numbers of unvaccinated sheep, goats, cattle, and other animals with them.

FAO is now carrying out the second phase of a campaign to immunize as much of the country's livestock as possible, with a target of vaccinating all animals.

Sandra Ferrari spoke with Dr Juan Lubroth, FAO's Chief Veterinary Officer, and began by asking him about the size of the animal populations in the region.

Duration: 2'34"

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