|`This is a forest area and cows are easily infected from the water flowing
from the forest.`, the minister added. He said that vaccines have been given to 1.5 million oxen nationwide to control the spread of the disease.
`This year is the worst ever for this disease,` Deputy Governor of Kompong Chhnang King Sarim said.
In developed countries, mass slaughter of infected cows is the recommended procedure, but Cambodians are too poor for this policy, the newspaper said.
Yim Voeunthan said that Cambodia cannot export cattle because FMD is widespread in the country. Many Cambodian farmers depend on cows and
buffaloes for their livelihoods.
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