Cases of catarrhal fever have appeared among sheep in the Larnaca district, the veterinary services said on Monday, reassuring the public that it did not affect humans.
The deputy head of the department, Christodoulos Pipis, said the incidents emerged in Larnaca, mainly in areas neighbouring the buffer zone.
Authorities said they recorded 73 cases so far, 31 fatal. They were located at Pyrga, Kofinou, Pyla, Alethriko, Troulloi and Menoyia.
“It is not as serious as foot and mouth disease would have been,” Pipis said. He added that the strain of the disease already existed in Cyprus but no symptoms had been exhibited until now.
Pipis did not rule out the possibility of the disease spreading to other districts.
“We are handing out prescriptions so that farmers can obtain the necessary pharmaceuticals to prevent further complications.”