No case of FMD since January

The Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry has refuted claims that there is an outbreak of Foot and Mouth disease (FMD) in the Ohangwena region, following various reports that the disease had re-emerged.

The acting Permanent Secretary of Agriculture, Sophia Kasheeta said that no case of FMD has so far been confirmed in Namibia since the closure of the main out break on 19 January.
According to a statement released on Wednesday, the ministry said the misunderstanding stems from an announcement by DVS officials of community meetings along the Namibia Angola border to discuss the importance of reporting cross border movements of livestock and to train the farmers on the recognition of the disease.
Meanwhile, officials of the Directorate of Veterinary Services continue with surveillance activities along the Namibia Angola border because of the high risk for re-incursion of potentially FMD infected animals from neighbouring countries.

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