Nearly all cattle at Sigwe receive foot and mouth disease vaccination

The Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry reported that 3934 out of 4125 cattle, 95 per cent, have received the Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) vaccination at Sigwe village in Zambezi Region.

This follows the outbreak and banned movement of all cloven-hoofed animals and their products within and out of the Zambezi Region after an outbreak of FMD was confirmed on 14 August.

Acting Chief Veterinary Officer in the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry, DrAlbertinaShilongo in a media statement on Saturday confirmed that the outbreak did not spread beyond Sigwe Village after the ministry did surveillance rounds in the area within 30 kilometers of the village.

The ministry is set to vaccinate 40 000 more cattle outside Sigwe village as a per cautionary method by Wednesday.

The outbreak was confirmed at Sigwe village in the eastern flood plains of Zambezi, about 90 kilometres east of KatimaMulilo.

The FMD virus is found in all excretions and secretions of infected animals and may be present in milk, meat, semen, urine and dung.

Foot and mouth disease is reported to be one of the most contagious diseases amongst cloven hoofed animals and is a disease of economic importance.

Common clinical signs of the disease include animals salivating, not grazing, limping and being reluctant to move. They will also have blisters and ulcers on the tongue, gums, nostrils, udders and feet.

Source: Namibia Press Agency