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Movement of cattle banned in Ohangwena Region due to lung sickness

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The Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Land Reform has, with immediate effect, imposed a ban on cattle movements in and out of Ondobe Constituency in the Ohangwena Region due to an outbreak of a lung disease.In a media statement issued on Wednesday, th…

The Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Land Reform has, with immediate effect, imposed a ban on cattle movements in and out of Ondobe Constituency in the Ohangwena Region due to an outbreak of a lung disease.

In a media statement issued on Wednesday, the ministry through its Directorate of Veterinary Services warned farmers in the region to be aware of the ban and to cooperate with veterinary officials and the police at roadblocks.

The disease was detected this week at a crush pen at Oshandi village in the constituency, after six out of 71 cattle tested positive through a laboratory test which was conducted by the veterinary officials.

“The lung sickness disease is normally carried by a bacterium which attacks cattle lungs and it may result in the death of an infected cow in within one to three weeks,” reads the statement.

In order to contain the disease, the ministry will from Thursday restrict the entry and exit of cattle in the Ondobe Constituency.

Only cattle with a valid permit from the veterinary and strictly meant for direct slaughter within 72 hours under the officials’ strict supervision, will be allowed to move within the area.

The ban is in place until further notice, with roadblocks to be set up at strategic areas to monitor cattle movements, while pigs, sheep and goats are allowed to move freely in and out of the constituency, it added.

The ministry, it said, will further embark on mass vaccination of cattle in the constituency, thus farmers are strongly urged to present their cattle at crush pens.

Lung sickness symptoms in cattle include coughing and nasal discharge.

Other signs include painful, rapid breathing or breathing with difficulties by an infected cow.

“At points, infected cattle are reluctant to move and they graze poorly,” reads the statement.

The disease does not affect human beings, thus people are not at risk, it added.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency