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FMD restrictions still in place

FMD restrictions still in place

Maria David


THE restriction on the movement of cattle is still in force to curb the spread of Foot and- Mouth Disease (FMD) while the vaccination program for animals is still ongoing.


FMD was first detected on the 28th of September 2020 in the Kavango East Region and has subsequently spread to Kavango West, Ohangwena, Oshikoto, and Oshana regions.


Nine constituencies have since been declared as infected areas. Meanwhile, Kavango East and West, Oshikoto, Oshana, Omusati, and the Kunene regions north of veterinary cordon fence including Tsumkwe in the Otjozondjupa region were declared as Disease Management Areas.


FMD restrictions restriction movement cattle spread Foot Mouth Disease FMD


Chief Veterinary Officer Doctor Albertina Shilongo, said livestock inspections are also ongoing in all northern regions.


Shilongo urged farmers to take their cattle for inspections whenever it is announced by veterinary service.


She noted that the movement of cloven-hoofed livestock except goats and sheep is still not allowed. She added that the slaughter of cattle in the affected areas is also still prohibited.


However, Shilongo said that movement of live cattle from the FMD free zone for direct slaughter within 72 hours upon arrival and supervision of veterinary services is still allowed.


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