Thousands Of Central Asian Sheep Killed By Dubious Vaccine

(rferl – 09/26/2012) A sheep farmer on the steppes of central Uzbekistan, was trying to protect his flock from the deadly “sheep pox” virus when he bought what he thought was a vaccine from a state agriculture supplier. Within days of mixing the dry, brown substance with liquid and administering it to his sheep, his flock was dead. According to unofficial estimates, more than 35,000 sheep may have died in Jizzakh Province alone and as many as 50,000 nationwide. Kyrgyz authorities have launched a criminal investigation and results of laboratory tests on the dubious vaccine are expected on September 28

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