Monday, April 18, 2005

Mystery disease kills thousands of Afghan animals

FAIZABAD, Afghanistan, April 17 (Reuters) - A mystery disease has killed more than 6,000 animals in Afghanistan's northeastern province of Badakhshan in the past two weeks, an official said on Sunday.

Authorities are waiting for test results, carried out by foreign aid workers, to find the cause of the epidemic, said Engineer Mohammad Hassan, chief of the agriculture and husbandry department of Badakhshan.

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"So far more than 6,000 animals, largely goats, sheep and cows, have perished as a result of the outbreak," he said.