Mozambique Reports Three New FMD Outbreaks

MOZAMBIQUE - The country's veterinary authorities have reported three new outbreaks of foot and mouth disease in the country. The affected population comprises cattle.
calendar icon 14 October 2010
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The World Organsation for Animal Health (OIE) received follow-up report no.1 on Tuesday, 12 October. According to the report, the three outbreaks occured in Gaza.

A total of 60 cases were identified while 40,766 exhibited signs of susceptibility. No animals were destroyed.

The two main causes that have led to the spread of FMD in the country are introduction of new live animals and illegal movement of animals.

The report states that the FMD event originated from infected cattle moved from Chicualacuala District to Bilene and Chokwe Districts.

The preliminary laboratory tests were positive to SAT 2 and 3. Samples for virus isolation are currently being sent to Onderstepoort Veterinary Institute (OVI).

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