Movement restrictions of animals and products in the Zambezi region partially lifted
Restrictions on the movement of cloven-hoofed animals and animal products in the Zambezi region which were imposed after detecting a Foot and Mouth disease (FMD) outbreak in cattle in October, have been partially lifted.
Namibia’s Directorate of Veterinary Services (DVS) in the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Land Reform (MAWLR) in a statement Sunday said that the first round of cattle vaccination against FMD has so far been completed in crush pen areas that are within the 30km radius from Mbalasinte and Kasika of Zambezi region with 48,458 out of 52,480 cattle vaccinated with SAT trivalent vaccine representing vaccination coverage of 93.3 percent.
“Since the infection is still in the eastern part of the region in Kabbe South Constituency, the infected area is the kraals in Mbalasinte and Kasika villages, while the new Disease Management Area (DMA) is, therefore, Kabbe South constituency,” the country’s Chief Veterinary Officer Dr. Albertina Shilongo said.
The new DMA includes the following crush pens: Kabulabula, Kasika, Makoma, Nkoza, Mafube, Nzobwe, Old Lusese, Mutwalwizi 1, 2 and 3, Sigwe, Nyange, Mbasi, Masikili, Ihaha, Namiyundu. Nangwena, Simakuni, Nankuntwe, Musekezi, Natungu, Nsundwa, Silubaba, Ntelemba, Limai, Mundial, Jojo, Ikota, Mudokom, Simasiku, Muzii, Ivilivinzi, Itomba, Kazuka and Luhonono.
According to Shilongo movement restrictions of all cloven-hoofed animals and animal products from the DMA to the rest of the region will stay in place.
“Several patrol teams are strategically placed and the public is urged to cooperate with the veterinary and police officials fully. Re-vaccination of all cattle in the region will continue and all farmers are strongly urged to bring their cattle for vaccination to the designated crush pens as per announcement by DVS officials,” she said highlighting the measures which are still in place.
Shilongo said movement of all cloven-hoofed animals among crush pens in Kabbe South Constituency in the DMA is allowed but not to the rest of the region while slaughtering of fully vaccinated cloven-hoofed animals for own consumption within the DMA is also allowed.
“Farmers and the general public are now once again requested to report to the relevant authorities any suspicious cases of FMD as well as the suspected illegal movement of animals and their products as prohibited in the public notification,” she concluded.