Namibia looks to lift restrictions on livestock movement (Namibia)

The Namibian Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry is pursuing to lift restrictions on livestock movement in the Zambezi region, if no new cases of Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) are identified
According to the ministry, a total of 22,067 cattle were vaccinated against anthrax in the eastern Zambezi Region along the ChobeRiver, while five cattle died of the disease at Shaile village in December 2013, furthermore adding that a ring vaccination was implemented within a 20 km radius which saw 10,649 cattle vaccinated against anthrax.
Restrictions will be lifted on 17 February if no new cases come to light,
Acting chief veterinary officer in the directorate of veterinary services Dr Johnanes Shoopala, said disease surveillance was intensified in the region, “a total of 47 cases were detected and  action was taken in terms of the Animal Health Act No. 1 of 2011. Restrictions were also put in place on livestock movement following the discovery of FMD in the Ivilivinzi, Masikili and Ikumwe crush pen areas.  We are now busy establishing the full extent of the outbreak,” he concluded. –