Namibia suspends animal imports from SA due to FMD outbreak

09 Jan 2019 10:10am
WINDHOEK, 09 JAN (NAMPA) – The Namibian Government has suspended all imports and in-transit movement of cloven hoofed animals and their products from South Africa due to an outbreak of foot and mouth disease in the neighbouring country.
Acting Chief Veterinary Officer in the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry, Dr Albertina Shilongo in a media statement on Wednesday said the suspension is effective immediately and all previously issued imports and in-transit permits are cancelled.
The disease was detected in the Vhembe District in the Limpopo Province's Foot and Mouth Free Zone and was reported to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) on Monday.
“As a result of this development, the OIE-recognised FMD-free status of South Africa is temporarily suspended. Consequently, any exports where FMD-free zone attestation is required cannot be certificated,” reads the statement.
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.
Local importers are urged to contact the Namibian Veterinary Imports and Export Office for further information.