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Mozambique expects to start the second phase of cattle immunisation against foot-and-mouth disease in a few days with at least a million doses of trivalent vaccine, the National Veterinary Directorate (DINAV) announced by on Wednesday.
Half of the doses “should arrive from Botswana in the coming days”, while help was requested from the National Disasters Management Institute (INGC)for the rest, Florência Massango, the head of the epidemiology department of DINAV said.
The acquisition of the vaccines comes at a time when about 138,000 animals have already been vaccinated, out of a total of 458,000 expected to be covered in the process.
DINAV said it is going to review surveillance measures to stabilise cases and tighten the supervision in areas where new infections were registered.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Food Safety of Mozambique (MASA) warned in August about the spread of the foot-and-mouth disease in the country, stating that the measures proposed by the government were being neglected.
Foot-and-mouth disease affects animal production but has no impact on public health, and is endemic in various parts of the world, in particular in the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Central and South America.Source: Lusa
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