Emergency animal health campaign launched around Mosul

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FAO plans to vaccinate the animals against six diseases: sheep and goat pox, brucellosis, enterotoxaemia, blackleg disease, lumpy skin disease, and foot-and-mouth disease. © FAO Cengiz Yar

A lesser-known casualty of the brutal fighting to liberate Mosul from Daesh, or ISIL extremists, has been livestock around the northern Iraqi city, said the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on Monday.

FAO's Emergency Response Coordinator in Iraq, Paul Schlunke, said most animals have not been vaccinated in three years, and FAO is concerned they could carry and spread infectious disease.

The area – liberated by Iraqi government and coalition forces in July – is home to more than 200,000 people whose livelihoods depend on herding cattle or other livestock.

Mr Schlunke spoke to Murielle Sarr.

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