One or two cases of Siberian ulcer are detected in Armenia every year, first Deputy Minister of Agriculture Grisha Baghyan said on Wednesday when commenting on the recent case discovered in Gegharkunik province.
He says all livestock in the villages of Vardenis and Tsovak were vaccinated in May, but in September parasites were found in the blood of cattle that weakened the immune system of animals.
"We have detected only one case. An action has been brought before court but to this moment we do not have any information," said Mr Baghyan.
In response to A1+ whether the infected animal came in the form of aid, the ministry official said, "The cow was bred by a farmer who has a lot of animals, we all know him. The quarantine imposed in Vardenis will be lifted when we become convinced that there are not risks for transmission of the infection."
Speaking about the cases of jaundice reported in Gegharkunik and Lori provinces, Mr Baghyan said, "This is a new disease spread by blood-sucking mosquitoes. It is easily treated, the drug costs AMD 200. The meat of infected animals is edible."