Foot and mouth dis­ease breaks out in Mat North

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Whins­ley Masara

FRESH foot and mouth dis­ease (FMD) cases have been de­tected in Mata­bele­land North, but authorities there say the sit­u­a­tion is un­der con­trol.

There were re­ports of an out­break in Hwange Dis­trict last month and the dis­ease has grad­u­ally spread to other parts of the prov­ince which in­clude Dete, Nkayi and some parts of Umguza Dis­trict.

The Ve­teri­nary Ser­vices Depart­ment’s Mata­bele­land North pro­vin­cial head, Dr Pollex Moyo said mea­sures were be­ing taken to con­trol the lat­est out­break.

“I can con­firm that there has been an out­break of foot and mouth dis­ease which was de­tected in the prov­ince but the sit­u­a­tion is now un­der con­trol and mea­sures to con­trol the dis­ease are be­ing im­ple­mented. We’re aware of the out­break in Nkayi Dis­trict which we sus­pect might have em­anated from Gokwe South,” he said.

“We’ve been teach­ing farm­ers on what they should do to con­trol the dis­ease. We’ve ad­vised them to prac­tise the quar­an­tine method where they sep­a­rate the sus­pected cat­tle from those not in­fected at both graz­ing and wa­ter­ing points. Al­though split­ting cat­tle at graz­ing and wa­ter­ing points is a chal­lenge es­pe­cially at this time of the year, farm­ers must try their best.”

He said farm­ers must avoid any unau­tho­rised move­ment of cat­tle to guard against the spread of the dis­ease.

FMD is a se­vere, highly con­ta­gious vi­ral dis­ease which af­fects cat­tle, pigs, sheep, and goats, among other an­i­mals.

The Ve­teri­nary Ser­vices Depart­ment has pre­vi­ously noted that more than $20 mil­lion was needed to vac­ci­nate an­i­mals mostly in the south­ern parts of the coun­try. — @win­nie_­masara

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