Foot-and-mouth disease outbreak in Linyanti

03 Dec 2014 16:10pm
WINDHOEK, 03 DEC (NAMPA) - A foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) outbreak was detected in the Zambezi Region’s Linyanti Constituency on Monday.
A media statement issued by the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry's Permanent Secretary (PS) Joseph Iita on Wednesday said an outbreak was suspected in that constituency, and an investigation was conducted on Monday.
According to Iita, the affected animals are to be found on an island between the Sapisi and Linyanti rivers.
Linyantu is located 80 kilometres (km) south-west of Katima Mulilo.
Iita indicated that in terms of the Animal Health Act no 1 of 2011 and the Foot and Mouth Disease Contingency Plan, a temporary but not complete ban of all susceptible livestock movement within and into the Zambezi region has been imposed with immediate effect.
“Movement of cloven-hoofed animals like cattle, sheep, goats and pigs and their products, other potentially infectious commodities including hides, skins amongst others will remain restricted until further notice,” he said.
He further added that a moratorium on the movement of meat from the Katima Mulilo abattoir has also been imposed until further notice.
A number of roadblocks are being set up at strategic points to ensure compliance with movement restrictions. The PS urged members of the public to cooperate with the officials.
“Surveillance and outbreak investigation teams have been deployed in the affected area to establish the source and extent of the outbreak,” Iita said.
He also called on farmers to present their livestock for inspection.
There are no restrictions in the FMD-free zone south of the Veterinary Cordon Fence, as well as other areas which comprise the protection zone such as the Kavango East and West, Oshikoto, Ohangwena, and Oshana Regions, amongst others.
FMD is an infectious and sometimes fatal viral disease.
The virus causes a high fever for two or three days, followed by blisters inside the mouth and on the feet that may rupture and cause lameness.