A reliable source has informed me that the Libyan sheep do not , I repeat, DO NOT have anthrax or hoof and mouth disease . Thank God/ Allah !
What they do have is a viral disease named Bluetongue that is found in this part of the world , along with Europe and the UK.The disease is spread by midges, which are gnat like flies that infect the animal through it's bite .The Bluetongue virus is found mainly in sheep or cattle , but may be found in any animal that grazes, such as camels , deer ,horses, ox ,and goats .Actually any animal that is exposed to the gnat that carries of the virus , but mainly the animals that are grazers .
Symptoms of Bluetongue disease are as follows :a high fever ,swelling of the face and tongue , with the tongue turning blue ,slobbering / drooling of the animal that is infected , swelling of the lips , running nose , sores on the foot area which may cause the animal to change it's standing position from foot to foot , making it look like it is dancing .
There are vaccines available for the animals not infected. Quarantine and vaccination are effective ways to combat the spread of the virus , but the main thing is to eradicate the midges that spread the virus .The disease usually will die off after the cold weather sets in killing the gnats . The disease is non contagious but spread from the bites of infected insects . The vets here in Libya are advising people to NOT eat the meat of a infected animal even though the disease is not spread by contact with the body/ carcases, meat , or wool/ fur of a infected animal,to humans.