ANGOLA: NAMIBIAN ANIMALS BANNED FOLLOWING FOOT AND MOUTH DISEASE SCARE

LUANDA, May 31 — Angola has banned the entry of living bi-ungulate animals and their products from the northern Namibian regions of Ohangwena, Omushati, Oshana, Kunene Norte, Oshikoto, eastern Kavango and western Kavango.

This is contained in a press release from the Ministry of Agriculture that reached Angop on Friday saying the entry to Angola of Namibian bi-ungulate animals like cows, goats, sheep, pigs, buffalos and antelopes is temporarily banned.

According to the note, the ban is owed to Angolan authorities learning of an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in the area of Ombalela, municipality of Cuangar, in Angola’s southeastern Cuando Cubango province.

The release adds that the foot-and-mouth disease is a trans-frontier highly contagious viral epidemic that affects mainly bi-ungulate animals.

The source also says that the areas infected have conditions for rapid spread of the disease as it is the convergence of grazing animals from southern Angola and northern Namibia.

The note also mentions the need for urgent zoo-sanitarian measures in line with the World Organisation for Animal Health, and urges concerned authorities to monitor the observation of the measure.

SOURCE: ANGOP