12 Aug 2013 09:10
WINDHOEK, 12 AUG (NAMPA) The Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry (MAWF) has announced a temporary, complete ban of all susceptible livestock movements within and into the Zambezi Region with immediate effect.
The move came after a suspected outbreak of Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD) was detected at the Ivilivinzi village in the Kabbe Constituency in the Zambezi (former Caprivi) Region on 05 August this year.
The village is located about 84 kilometres east of Katima Mulilo, and about 30 kilometres north-east of the Ngoma border post.
MAWF Permanent Secretary Joseph Iita said in a media statement issued on Monday that State veterinarians in the Zambezi Region detected a total of 15 cattle, which showed clinical signs of FMD at two kraals at that village.
A temporary, but complete ban of all susceptible livestock movements within and into the Zambezi region has been imposed with immediate effect. A containment zone has been established, which contains areas that are within a radius of 40 kilometres of the Ivilivinzi village, he stated.
According to Iita, a number of roadblocks and rapid deployment fences are also being set up at strategic points, and members of the public are urged to fully co-operate with officials.
In the meantime, a moratorium on the movement of meat from the Katima Mulilo abattoir has been imposed until further notice.
There are no restrictions in the FMD disease-free zone, which is south of the Veterinary Cordon Fence (VCF), as well as other areas.
These restrictions, which are temporary in nature, are designed to allow the Directorate of Veterinary Services (DVS) to establish the full extent of the outbreak. There will be a gradual lifting of these restrictions in the shortest possible period, but the public will be notified accordingly, Iita added.
The disease is suspected to have been transmitted to the cattle from wild African buffaloes which reside in the area.
Wild African buffaloes are known to be long-term carriers of the virus that causes FMD. Clinical signs of FMD in cattle are blisters or wounds in the mouth, on the muzzle, teats and feet. There is also salivation, lameness and loss of appetite.