Monday, February 26, 2024

Govt imposes ban on movement of animals in Ngamiland over anthrax, FMD

Following the outbreak of FMD in Namanyane crush, Sehithwa extension area and the suspected outbreak of Anthrax in Mohembo area, zone 2a, the Department of Veterinary Services has revised regarding the movement of protocol for Ngamiland District. 

In a statement the Department of Veterinary Services said a number of changes have been made in relation to the movement protocol of all cloven hooved animals and their fresh products. One such change is that all cloven-hooved animals into the district is not permitted. Fresh products are allowed with a movement Permit in sealed containers/trucks

It also says movement of fresh produce from animals that have undergone quarantining and have successfully undergone deboning and maturation in licensed facilities is allowed out of the Ngamiland district. Movement of all anthrax susceptible animals (cattle, sheep, goats and horses and wildlife) is NOT allowed into, within and out of zone 2a.

Movement of cloven-hooved animals out of zones 2b, 2c and 2e is allowed with a Veterinary movement permit directly for slaughter or to quarantine. No trekking of animals between crushes or zones is allowed.

Movement of cattle will be through electronic permits only and movement of fresh produce into Zone 16 is allowed with a permit.

According to the Department of Veterinary Services, slaughter for social events e.g. weddings and funerals is allowed in the entire district. It says the meat is to be consumed locally or otherwise has to be cooked to be moved within the sub-zone.

The department says that social slaughter permit will be issued following a favourable health inspection and provision of a letter from relevant authorities ascertaining the event.

“The public is urged to exercise high level of caution to prevent spread of FMD around the district and the rest of the country,” the department said. 
Recently anthrax was detected in dead carcasses of hippos floating in the Okavango River following the outbreak of the disease in neighbouring Namibia. 



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