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Vaccination against foot and mouth disease began this week of cattle in Doa district, in the western Mozambican province of Tete, according to a report in the Maputo daily “Noticias”.
The disease has been confirmed in 81 animals out of a total of 640 inspected, leading the authorities last week to ban all movement of cattle, goats, pigs and sheep, and meat and other by products from these animals, from Doa to anywhere else in the country.
The ban, decreed by the National Veterinary Directorate (DINAV), also includes the movement of fodder from Doa.
It is believed that the Doa outbreak began when cattle went to drink over the border, from a water source in a part of Malawi that is already infected with foot and mouth disease.
Acording to DINAV Director Antonio Conceicao, teams from the Ministry of Agriculture charged with preventing the spread of the disease went on Tuesday to Moamba district, in Maputo province, and to Gaza province.
“Vaccination is normally done twice a year in Maputo and Gaza provinces, since these are the areas of greatest risk due to their frontier with South Africa’s Kruger National Park”, said Conceicao. “Tete borders on Malawi which has recorded cases of foot and mouth, and now we have to vaccinate. We had never vaccinated before in this province”.
Apart from the vaccination, the authorities have decreed more intensive measures to inspect the movement and transfer of animals, meat and fodder along the Tete roads, and have demanded the use of disinfectant for feet and wheels at the key entry points into Doa district and at the border posts with Malawi.Source: AIM