FMD screening underway in Oshikoto
OMUTHIYA - The directorate of veterinary services in Oshikoto is currently conducting footandmouth disease ( FMD) screening in the region following an outbreak in the two Kavango regions.
“The main aim of FMD surveillance is to inspect cattle for FMD-related signs or lesions if any, following the FMD outbreak in the Kavango regions recently. Although so far, we have no confirmed FMD case in Oshikoto region,” stressed state veterinarian Dr Frenada Haufiku.
Haufiku shared this dispelling news making rounds that there was an outbreak in the region.
Instead, she said, the exercise is a precautionary measure that started last week.
Haufiku said this is done to detect early symptoms and prevent another outbreak in case there are some cattle from Kavango that migrated to Oshikoto.
“We always have two teams doingthescreeningandinspection, and today the surveillance team will be at Iikunino and Okashana Rossing crush pens in Omuthiya constituency, while the second team will be at Eengodhi and Ohahati crush pens,” she said.
The FMD outbreak was first detected in September at Hoha village in Ndiyona constituency of Kavango West and later in October spread to Kavango West.
Animal vaccination and animal disease control checkpoints have since been enforced since the outbreak.