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A Biblical plague right out of the Book of Exodus is taking place before our very eyes today in Egypt. Since the unprecedented persecution of Copt Christians in modern times and a call for Israel's demise by the Muslim Brotherhood since the ousting of Israel friendly President Hosni Mubarak by radical Islamists, Egypt is experiencing a die off of its cattle with foot and mouth disease that has already affected 100,000 animals across Egypt, and the plague has now become a threat to all of North Africa and the Middle East. Read about the Biblical plague God delivered upon Egypt in Exodus 9:1-7
Nearly 100,000 animals across Egypt have been infected, of which more than 9,000 have died, said the head of Egypt's central quarantine service earlier this week.
The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has warned the outbreak could threaten the whole of North Africa and the Middle East.
And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth. Revelation 6:8While the disease is not a direct threat to humans, meat and milk from sick animals are unsafe for consumption, raising concerns about food shortages.
The disease affects cloven-hoofed animals such as cows, buffalo, sheep, goats, and pigs. In Egypt, dairy and beef cattle, as well as buffalo, have primarily been affected.
The foot-and-mouth virus causes a high fever for two or three days, followed by blisters inside the mouth and on the feet that may rupture and cause lameness. There are outbreaks in Egypt every year, but this season the country has been hit with a strain that is unaffected by vaccines and animals' immunity. Read the whole story here.
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