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Foot and Mouth Disease Outbreak in Botswana

23 December 2013

BOTSWANA - The country's veterinary authorities have reported another outbreak of foot and mouth disease in Ngamiland affecting cattle in communal grazing areas.

The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) received follow-up report last week (Friday, 20 December).

According to the report, a total of 226402 animals were found susceptible, out of which ten cases were reported. 

The report states that diagnosis was based on clinical signs and that the serotype was not identified.

Contact with infected animal(s) at grazing/watering and contact with wild species have been identified as the main causes of the outbreaks.

The OIE reports that routine vaccination in zone 2 where sporadic outbreaks continue to be experienced. Epidemiological investigations are continuing.

A total of 541734 cattle have been vaccinated with a ring and routine booster vaccination.

Apart from vaccination, other precautionary measures such as movement control inside the country and dipping/spraying have also been applied.

TheCattleSite News Desk



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