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Zimbabwe Continues to Monitor FMD; Cattle Receive Vaccination

12 June 2014

ZIMBABWE - The Zimbabwean veterinary authorities report that there have been no new cases of foot and mouth disease in the country. However, the situation continues to be monitored.

According to follow-up report no. 2 sent to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), weekly inspection of the affected premises and of all properties within a 20-km-radius zone is ongoing.

No new outbreaks of infection were detected but a total of 25 new cases were seen at Fauna Ranch in the affected cattle herd. The whole district of Mwenezi is still under quarantine. A check point was setup along the highway to prevent spread into neighbouring Masvingo district.

Contact with infected animal(s) at grazing/watering as well as contact with wild species have been identified as the main sources of the outbreak.

According to the OIE, in the administrative division of Masvingo, a total of 26992 cattle received the first booster vaccination, 28 days after the initial vaccination of all properties within a 20-km-radius zone around the infected outbreaks. A turnout of 78 per cent was recorded.

Besides vaccination, some of the other control measures applied are control of wildlife reservoirs, quarantine, movement control inside the country, zoning and disinfection of infected premises/establishments. The affected animals, however, have not received any treatment.

TheCattleSite News Desk

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