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Foot and Mouth in Mozambique

04 April 2008

MOZAMBIQUE - The dreaded Foot and mouth disease has been detected in the southern Mozambican province of Gaza, reports Thursday's issue of the Ma p uto daily "Noticias".

The outbreak of the livestock disease was notified 26 March in herds at Nhamavil a and Manjacaze. The provincial authorities decided to slaughter and incinerate 4 5 head of cattle found to be infected.

They also launched an emergency vaccination campaign to cover about 14,000 anima ls in the contaminated and surrounding areas, and ordered restrictions on cattle movements until the area is declared free of the disease, as a measure to prevent the spread of the disease.

The animals found to be infected had come from the western province of Tete. They had been brought to Nhamavila and Manjacaze by an NGO to be distributed among t hose communities to promote cattle raising.

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Source: Afrique en ligne


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