Mmegi Online :: FMD outbreak in Ramokgwebana
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Friday 16 November 2018, 13:42 pm.
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FMD outbreak in Ramokgwebana

The farming community has been hit by another Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) outbreak, Department of Veterinary Services has revealed.
By Staff Writer Sun 18 Nov 2018, 13:07 pm (GMT +2)
Mmegi Online :: FMD outbreak in Ramokgwebana








Through a press release the department says signs of the disease have been reported at Ramokgwebana crush in Robelela Extension area in Veterinary Disease Control Zone 7. This area was last hit by a similar outbreak in 2007.

"Cases of sick cattle in three kraals near the border cordon fence along the Shashe-Ramokgwebana River in the Selebi-Phikwe veterinary district have been reported showing feet and oral lesions normally associated with the disease. Collection of samples for laboratory testing at the Botswana Vaccine Institute (BVI) has been done and testing is ongoing," the statement continued.

Ramokgwebana is along the same river with Matsiloje, known as Zone 6, an area that was hit by the same disease outbreak about a month ago. The outbreak was described by the permanent secretary to the Ministry of Agriculture, Dr Micus Chimbombi as the worst blow to the country as it has occurred during the time that the country is still struggling to meet the European Union market demands.

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have said that as a result of this suspected outbreak, a complete movement ban of all cloven-hoofed animals (cattle, sheep, goats, antelopes and pigs) and their derived fresh products is therefore instituted with immediate effect in the entire Ramokgwebana area (Zone 7).  All cattle slaughter facilities or abattoirs in Zone 7 are therefore closed with immediate effect.

Dr Comfort Nkgowe, a principal veterinary officer at the Veterinary Services has said that Ramokgwebana will therefore be the second zone area currently under animal movement ban in the entire country. "Other zone areas are allowed to move their livestock and animal products across veterinary districts except for these two," he said in an interview.

Meanwhile, veterinary officials throughout Zone 7 are conducting surveillance to determine the extent of the disease spread.  Farmers are urged to cooperate with veterinary officials and bring their cattle for inspection.  Farmers are urged to be vigilant and report any cattle showing suspicious lesions to nearby veterinary or police offices.

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