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Cross-border movement of cattle banned due to foot-and-mouth outbreak

Cross-border movement of cattle banned due to foot-and-mouth outbreak

The Executive Director in the Ministry of Agriculture Percy Misika this week announced a foot-and-mouth disease outbreak at the Hoha Village in the Kavango East region.

According to Misika, so far, investigations by officials showed that 13 out of 657 cattle tested positive for the disease and the ministry’s surveillance teams had been deployed to establish the extent of the outbreak.

The ministry temporarily banned the cross-border movement of cattle into and out of northern neighbour Angola due to an outbreak of highly contagious foot and mouth disease.

“All animal gatherings such as auctions and cultural shows are suspended except for the purposes of vaccinations while slaughtering of cloven-hoofed animals is also suspended,” said Misika.


 

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