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FMD outbreak hits Zambezi

FMD outbreak hits Zambezi

Zorena Jantze


THE Directorate of Veterinary Services under the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Land Reform has announced yet another outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) in the Zambezi Region.


Veterinary officials have so far detected 795 heads of cattle to be infected with the disease.


Dr. Alberina Shilongo, Chief Veterinary Officer, said that on 3 June 2021, laboratory results confirmed the outbreak of FMD at the Kasenu Village in the Zambezi Region.


To date, the disease has spread to four other crush pens to the Luhonobo, Namiyundu, Ikaba, and Nankutwe villages.


Dr. Shilongo stated that the source of the FMD infection is suspected to be cattle that had contact with free-roaming buffalos in the area.


Zambezi Veterinary Services Ministry Agriculture Water Land Reform outbreak Foot Mouth Disease FMD Zambezi


She, however, noted that investigations are still ongoing to ascertain the actual source of the outbreak.


Dr. Shilongo stated that in line with the Animal Health Act of 2011, Kabbe South constituency has been declared an FMD infected area and the entire Zambezi Region has been declared a disease management area (DMA).


The veterinary authority has placed a ban on the movement of all cloven-hoofed animals out and into the area and all previously issued transport permits into and out of the area has been cancelled.


Cloven-hoofed animals include cattle, sheep, goats, pigs and some wild animals.


The movement ban also includes potentially infected animal products such as raw meat, milk, hides and skins, and game trophies.


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