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Govt Lifts Foot-and-Mouth Disease Movement Restrictions

File photo: FMD signs in animals

By Staff Reporter

Directorate of Veterinary Services in the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Land Reform has lifted restrictions strict movement of the livestock in Zambezi region on Monday.

This came after the last confirmed case was detected on November 4, 2021 in Zambezi.

According to its public notice number 3 of 2022, the ministry has announced that in accordance to the intensive disease surveillance conducted by the Directorate of Veterinary Services (DVS), the lifting is following the successful control and containment of the Foot and Mouth Disease(FMD) outbreak which was detected in the Zambezi region in May 2021.

“In line with the Namibia’s FMD Contingency Plan, outbreak restrictions in the FMD Protection and infected zones can be lifted three (3) months after the last confirmed case. The 4th of February 2022 marked 3 months after the last confirmed case FMD case in the region.”

“All restrictions that were imposed as a result of the FMD outbreak in Zambezi region are therefore lifted with immediate effect”

Dr Albertina Shilongo, the Chief Veterinary Officer cautioned all farmers in Zambezi to normally bring their cattle to the crush-pens for vaccination against FMD to prevent future outbreaks.

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