80k Cattle Vaccinated in Matabeleland South

ZIMBABWE - The Veterinary Department in Matabeleland South Province has vaccinated about 80,000 cattle in the province against anthrax which is usually recorded when there is a drought.
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In an interview, Matabeleland South provincial veterinary officer, Dr Enat Mdlongwa, said they had targeted to vaccinate 76,000 cattle.

"We have some farms or dip tanks that we classify as traditional anthrax areas.

"We have vaccinated about 80 000 animals against anthrax from these areas.

"Anthrax is one of the diseases that in Matabeleland South Province we normally detect during a drought situation and this is because of one scientific reason that animals will be grazing right up to the ground and they will be picking the anthrax spore from the ground.

"Animals will also be getting their water from very low dam levels during the drought period. For that reason we have vaccinated our animals against anthrax," he said.

Dr Mdlongwa said the province had recently recorded an increase in cases of dog bites particularly in Beitbridge and Matobo Districts. He said the cause of the increase was yet to be ascertained.

He said they were conducting a vaccination programme for dogs in the two districts for free in a bid to contain cases of rabies. Dr Mdlongwa urged farmers to send their animals for vaccination.

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Source: Chronicle

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