Outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease hits Namibia

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Namibia has been hit by another outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) in the Zambezi region, located in the extreme north-east of the country.

Agricultural officials said this in an e-mailed statement on Saturday.
The country’s Chief Veterinary Officer, Albertina Shilongo, said the areas of Kabbe South and North constituencies had been declared FMD-infected areas, while the entire Zambezi region was declared a disease management area (DMA).

Ms Shilongo said that intensive FMD surveillance, aimed at establishing the extent of the outbreak, was underway.
She added that movement of all cloven-hoofed animals out and through the controlled area had been banned, with immediate effect.
She said all previously issued permits into and out of the controlled area were cancelled and recalled except animals originating from other FMD zones destined to export abattoir.

Meanwhile, the government has also banned the transportation of potentially infectious commodities out and through the controlled areas such as hides, skins, game trophies, grass and plant materials.
The chief veterinary officer said vaccination of cattle against FMD would commence next week.