As Egypt struggles to make vaccine, agriculture experts fear a vicious circle has begun: political disarray helps spread animal disease, which deepens poverty and discontent - and breeds more political disarray. Meanwhile neighbouring countries fear Egypt's virus could soon reach them.
FMD kills young cattle, buffalo and other ruminants, weakens older ones and slashes farms' productivity. At a meeting in Bangkok, Thailand, last week, the member countries of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) launched a plan to get FMD under control worldwide by 2027. Yet the FAO cannot get money to make vaccine for the Egyptian outbreak.