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Zambia: Livestock ministry raises red flag as foot and mouth disease resurfaces in Chisamba

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The Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock has upped biosecurity measures in Chisamba District, after Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) was detected in animals east of the District, across the railway line.

Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock (MoFL) Permanent Secretary Dr. David Shamulenge in a statement said in view of the resurgence of the FMD, his ministry has taken measures to arrest the situation.

The measures include; banning of movement of animals and animal products from the affected and surrounding farms within a radius of 15 kilometres, mounting od road check points to ensure compliance to movement ban with footbath and vehicle spraying and vaccination of all the 12, 100 cattle at risk.

Dr. Shamulenge said the district has also embarked on ring vaccination and so far around 11, 000 herds of cattle have been vaccinated.

The Ministry has also instructed that before milk and meat products can be traded out of the district, the products should certify as coming from farms that have been tested and are free of FMD, and the milk and meat should have been processed to ensure the destruction of the FMD virus.

Dr. Shamulenge said this is in accordance with the Animal Health Act No. 27 of 2010 of the Laws of Zambia.

The Ministry suspects that infected animals, contaminated vehicles or fodder may have moved the serotype of the FMD virus from the outbreak area on the Western side of the district to eastern side across the railway line, which was left unvaccinated last year as the area was falling outside of the declared vaccination control zone.

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