Nearly all cattle at Sigwe receive foot and mouth disease vaccination

02 Sep 2019 17:21pm
WINDHOEK, 01 SEP (NAMPA) – The Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry reported that 3 934 out of 4 125 cattle, 95 per cent, have received vaccination against foot and mouth disease (FMD) at Sigwe village in the Zambezi Region.
This follows the 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, Dr Albertina Shilongo in a media statement issued on Saturday confirmed that the outbreak did not spread beyond Sigwe village after the ministry did surveillance rounds in the area within 30 kilometres of the village.
Nonetheless, the ministry is set to vaccinate 40 000 more cattle outside Sigwe village as per a cautionary method by Wednesday.
The outbreak was confirmed at Sigwe in the eastern flood plains of Zambezi, about 90 kilometres east of Katima Mulilo.
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 among 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, the statement added.