Controlled movement of cattle lifted in Otjozondjupa, Omaheke
12 Jun 2017 17:20pm
WINDHOEK, 12 JUN (NAMPA) - The controlled movement of cattle implemented in the Otjozondjupa and Omaheke regions during April following the outbreak of Lumpy Skin Disease (LSD), has been lifted.
LSD is a viral infection of cattle characterised by the appearance of nodules on the skin and other parts of the body. Mosquitoes and biting flies transmit the disease.
Symptoms become visible four to 14 days after the infectious bite.
Chief State Veterinarian in the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry, Dr Milton Maseke officially announced the lifting of the controlled movement in a media statement availed to Nampa on Monday.
Maseke said the lifting of the restriction is being implemented following a reduction in the number of LSD cases over the past few months.
However, the Agriculture Ministry cautioned that the existing measures pertaining to LSD control will remain in force on the affected farms, in line with the Animal Health Act of 2011.
The Ministry of Agriculture is strongly advising farmers countrywide to ensure that their cattle are vaccinated against LSD and to seek help at their nearest State veterinary services offices for further investigation and advice.
Maseke also took the opportunity to thank farmers in the affected regions for their full cooperation and assistance at difficult times.