THE directorate of veterinary services under the ministry of Agriculture, water and land reform has announced the lifting of all movement restrictions that were imposes following outbreaks of the Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) in northern Namibia.
The disease, which affected the Kavango East, Kavango West, Ohangwena, Oshikoto and Kunene regions north of the veterinary cordon fence, has been brought under control in the Oshana and Omusati regions as no new infections have been detected.
The ministry’s Chief Veterinary Officer m, Dr. Albertina Shilongo, stated that the last positive case was observed on 20 January 2021, and according to Namibia’s FMD contingency plan, should 90 days lapse without observing any new FMD positive case in the protection zone, the outbreak is considered to have been successfully controlled.
FMD was first observed on 28 September 2020 in the Kavango East Region and subsequently spread to other regions.
Dr. Shilongo noted that for the purpose of controlling the FMD outbreak control measures were introduced that include, amongst others, vaccination, intense disease surveillance and movement restrictions.