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Sindh to dispose of 21,000 infected sheep

Karachi Commissioner Roshan Ali Shaikh has ordered the culling and disposing of about 21,000 diseased Australian sheep imported from Bahrain, reported a private TV channel.
Talking to the channel, Roshan Ali Shaikh said that the livestock department of Sindh had been directed to start the disposal operation, which might take more than one day.
He said in the first phase the veterinarians would administer lethal injections to all the sheep so that they could be killed humanely and in the second the carcasses would be dumped in a mass grave.
“Heavy earthmoving machinery, to dig up a big dump, is on its way to the farm where the sheep have been corralled”, he said.
Earlier on Saturday, the Sindh livestock authorities confirmed the consumption of the sheep imported from Australia was injurious to health. According to officials, random testing validated Australian Merino sheep were suffering from scabby mouth disease.
“The veterinary diagnostic laboratories in Islamabad and Tando Jam tested the blood samples of at least 80 sheep and the saliva of nine of them”, an official added.
“The samples from the sheep tested positive for 100 percent presence of salmonella and actinomyces, a couple of pathogens”, officials added further.
They also tested positive for 44 percent E Coli, a species of bacterium, which could be highly pathogenic.
Last week, the livestock department had sealed the farm where Australian sheep believed to be infected with a contagious disease are being kept.
A total of near 22,000 infected Australian sheep were unloaded at Port Qasim on September 13.
Approximately 75,000 sheep departed from Australia on board the Fremantle-based Wellard Rural Exports ship Ocean Drover.
Their destination was countries in the Middle East. 53,000 sheep were offloaded in Qatar and Oman, while the remaining 22,000 were to be transported to Bahrain.
However, when the Ocean Drover arrived in Bahrain on August 29 it was asked to leave its berth until matters were resolved.
It was here that concerns were raised in regards to the sheep being infected with scabby mouth disease. The ship remained in the waters of Bahrain for 14 days and the sheep were not allowed to be unloaded.

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