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More than 450,000 animals have been vaccinated against the outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in Mozambique as part of preventive measures to protect cattle against the possible occurrence of the disease, a source from the ministry of agriculture said on Monday.
“At the moment, we can say that the situation remains stationary, with a tendency to be under control,” said Florencia Massango, head of the Epidemiology Department at the ministry of agriculture and food security (MASA), quoted today by the daily Notícias.
In this phase of the cattle immunization campaign, some districts in the provinces of Maputo, Gaza and Inhambane, in the south, Nampula, north, and Zambézia, Manica and Tete, in the centre, were covered.
The control was reinforced in the districts of these provinces because they are considered areas prone to the occurrence of foot-and-mouth disease.
“The last outbreak we recorded was in May, in the district of Marara, in Tete, and was controlled by the veterinary authorities,” added Massango.
Foot-and-mouth disease has spread rapidly in Mozambique due to difficulties in inspecting and controlling the internal movement of livestock and meat.
FMD affects livestock production, but has no impact on public health and is endemic in several parts of the world, including the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Central and South America.Source: Lusa