AGRICULTURE NEWS - The recent foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) outbreak in Namibia at the end of 2020 was largely contained and did not pose a threat to areas south of the veterinary cordon fence in the north of the country, according to Thinus Pretorius, chairperson of Nambia’s Livestock Producers’ Organisation (LPO).
The veterinary cordon fence divided the veterinary buffer zone and the veterinary surveillance zone, and commenced at Palgrave Point on the west coast of Namibia, running to a point on the common border between Namibia and Botswana.
According to a directive by the Namibian Department of Veterinary Services, the outbreak occurred at the Onamulunga Village in the Olokunda constituency on 29 December.
Two cattle showed clinical signs of the disease and the constituency was consequently declared an infected area. FMD surveillance was intensified to determine the extent of the outbreak and farmers were requested to subject their animals for inspection by veterinary officials.