Govt Bans Livestock Movement in Zambezi

THE Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry has imposed a ban of all susceptible livestock movements within and into Zambezi Region with immediate effect.

The ban comes after a suspected outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) was detected at Ihaha Crushpen in the Kabbe South constituency of Katima Mulilo.

In a press release issued yesterday, the acting agriculture ministry’s permanent secretary, Anna Shiweda, said 24 cattle from five kraals with 247 head were showing signs of having the disease.

“The cattle, which were in poor condition, were salivating and had ulcers in the mouth,” said Shiweda, adding that the cattle had been vaccinated against and therefore expected to have been protected from the disease.

According to Shiweda, veterinary officials, who detected the FMD while conducting inspections in the area on 21 August have collected laboratory samples to confirm the outbreak and establish how far the disease had spread.

Shiweda said a containment zone has been established in a radius of 40 kilometres around Ihaha Crushpen and a number of roadblocks have been set up at strategic points. She called on the public to fully cooperate with veterinary officials.

Shiweda added that in the meantime a moratorium on the movement of meat from Katima Mulilo abattoir has been imposed.

There are no restrictions in the FMD free zone south of the veterinary cordon fence as well as other areas like Kavango, Oshikoto, Ohangwena, Oshana, Omusati and Kunene North, said Shiweda.

“These restrictions are temporary in nature and are designed to allow the directorate of veterinary services to establish the full extent of the outbreak. There will be a gradual lifting of these restrictions in the shortest possible period,” Shiweda said.

Shiweda further said more vaccinations are planned using the trivalent South African Territories (SAT 1,2 and 3) vaccine.

Source : The Namibian