FMD, a highly contagious disease, has been diagnosed in more than 700 areas all around Turkey since the beginning of the year. Due to this situation, livestock markets, where animals are bought and sold, are being closed one after another.
FMD has been seen in more than 700 areas in Turkey, representing an increase of 300 percent compared to the same time last year, said Şaban Aydemir, general coordinator of the Turkish Veterinary Medical Association, or TVHB.
In the last three months, the livestock markets in nearly 40 areas have brought down their shutters because of FMD. The damage the disease is wreaking on the livestock sector can now be expressed in terms of millions of Turkish Liras.
The disease was discovered in Turkey some 50 to 60 years ago and the number of animals that have died is nearly 11,000. In 2009, the disease was determined in 214 points, but this figure rose to 700 in the first eight months of this year. FMD is mostly seen in Central and Eastern Anatolia.