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Foot and Mouth Outbreak in Mozambique

09 June 2015

MOZAMBIQUE - There has been an outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease in village cattle in Mozambique.

The outbreak affected 35 animals in a susceptible population of 15,000, and was identified due to mouth and foot lesions, excessive salivation and fever in the infected cattle.

The infections are thought to result from contact with wild species. The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said that the current drought situation in the region is contributing to the concentration of high number of stock in a few water bodies, and increasing the movement of susceptible animals and interactions with wildlife species.

Movement control and quarantine measures have been applied and vaccination is due to take place in response to the outbreak.

The outbreak occurred in the south of the country, in Maputo province.

TheCattleSite News Desk

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