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Outbreak of sheep pox reported in eastern Mongolia

ULAN BATOR, May 16 (Xinhua) -- An outbreak of sheep pox has been reported in eastern Mongolia, local media reported Monday, citing the country's veterinary authority.

"The outbreak of the highly contagious disease of sheep caused by a poxvirus has been reported in seven soums (administrative subdivision) of the three eastern provinces of Dornod, Sukhbaatar and Khentii," the General Authority for Veterinary Services was quoted as saying.

Mongolia has imposed a quarantine regime and carried out immunization in these areas, said the authority.

Since 2021, the prevalence of highly contagious diseases in animals has been high in the nomadic country. Particularly, outbreaks of the deadly foot-and-mouth disease among cloven-hoofed animals have been registered in 20 of the country's 21 provinces, according to the Mongolian State Emergency Commission.