Serotype-O FMD detected in Zambezi

A deadly strain of foot-and-mouth disease is believed to have spread to the Zambezi Region from Zambia.

15 September 2021 | Agriculture

KENYA KAMBOWE

RUNDU

At least 5 000 cattle in the Zambezi Region are reported to have contracted the serotype-O strain of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD), which had never been reported in Namibia before and is said to be more deadly than other strains.

This was confirmed by the chief veterinary officer in the agriculture ministry, Dr Albertina Shilongo.

She said the ministry had tried to contain the FMD outbreak detected in Zambezi in June, and in the process identified the serotype-O FMD type.

Shilongo said it is believed that the serotype-O FMD had entered Namibia from Zambia through the illegal cross-border movement of livestock.

“We have detected a new FMD, serotype-O, which was never confirmed in Namibia before. We have done genotyping analysis and we found that serotype-O is associated with a type detected in Zambia. We suspect that the source of the infection is illegal cross-border movement of animals,” Shilongo said.

Vaccination

Shilongo said the ministry was waiting for the arrival of vaccine from Botswana.

“We are waiting for the serotype-O vaccine this week which is coming from the Botswana Vaccine Institute and as soon as the vaccine is here, our teams are ready to start with the vaccination,” she said.

Asked about the difference between the types of FMD, Shilongo said serotype-O is more deadly as it causes a lot of lesions in the mouths of cattle, which leads to starvation.

Shilongo said the illegal cross-border movement of livestock remains a challenge in terms of eliminating FMD.

“FMD will continue to be a challenge if the border remains open and people can cross wherever they want to, because they are not using the designated border points,” she explained.

“It remains a very big challenge for us and the threat will continue to come from those countries even if we contain and eliminate the virus on this side.”

With Zambezi severely hit by the outbreak, Shilongo said the ministry had taken the necessary steps to ensure that the disease does not spread to other regions.

The latest FMD outbreak reported in June came just after Namibia had lifted all movement restrictions on cloven-hoofed animals in the FMD Protection Zone in April.

FMD outbreaks have affected nine constituencies since last September.

[email protected]

Similar News

 

Need to strengthen SASSCAL’s capacity

2 hours ago | Agriculture

ELLANIE SMIT WINDHOEKTo build on the achievements of the Southern African Science Service Centre for Climate Change and Adaptative Land Management (SASSCAL),...

81% of Namibians depend on semi-arid area

1 day - 19 October 2021 | Agriculture

ELLANIE SMITWINDHOEKIn Namibia around 81% of the population is said to be dependent on a semi-arid environment, which constitutes 50% of the total land area...

Groundwater map now available online

1 day - 19 October 2021 | Agriculture

ELLANIE SMITWINDHOEKThe third edition of the Hydrogeological Map of Namibia was launched last week by the agriculture ministry.The map comes with six inset maps and...

Forest products underutilised in Namibia

2 days ago - 18 October 2021 | Agriculture

ELLANIE SMITWINDHOEKThe forest products industry in Namibia is under-utilised, with tree resources being harvested as raw materials for foreign markets.Environment minister Pohamba Shifeta said the...

Penalties for reckless charcoal burners

2 days ago - 18 October 2021 | Agriculture

ELLANIE SMITWINDHOEKAlthough only a minority of charcoal producers are not adhering to regulations, the Namibia Charcoal Association (NCA) says penalties are needed for those not...

Serious hunger problem in Namibia

2 days ago - 18 October 2021 | Agriculture

ELLANIE SMITWINDHOEKNamibia has a serious hunger problem, a global report tracking the state of hunger worldwide has found.In the 2021 Global Hunger Index, Namibia ranks...

Farmers discuss conservation agri

2 days ago - 18 October 2021 | Agriculture

ELLANIE SMITWINDHOEKThe importance of academia in conservation agriculture cannot be overemphasised to create evidence required for adaption and increased adoption of it in Namibia.This is...

Agribusdev to know fate by year-end

5 days ago - 15 October 2021 | Agriculture

OGONE TLHAGE WINDHOEKGovernment will pronounce itself on the future of embattled public entity Agribusdev before the end of the year, public enterprises...

Enormous challenges threaten beef industry

6 days ago - 14 October 2021 | Agriculture

ELLANIE SMITWINDHOEKThe challenges in the beef value chain are enormous and have the potential of bringing the entire industry to a standstill, which would be...

FNB and partners help farmers in fire- and drought-stricken...

6 days ago - 14 October 2021 | Agriculture

STAFF REPORTERWINDHOEKFNB Namibia once again joined many others in assisting the Namibia Farmers Association’s drought relief project.FNB’s donation was used to purchase lucerne, which was...

Latest News

Police on trail of deadly...

11 hours ago | Crime

Omusati police are requesting for public assistance to help apprehend armed robbers who stormed Pep Store at Onandjaba in Okalongo and shot a male guard...

Failing should be even greater...

1 day - 19 October 2021 | People

Wetumwene Shikage Martins is a 26-year-old Namibian entrepreneur born and raised in Ondangwa. He approached one of the most challenging phases in his youth which...

Vehicle prices locally on a...

1 day - 19 October 2021 | Economics

PHILLEPUS UUSIKUGlobal shipping constraints and reduced production, resulting in delayed imports, are some of the factors that are driving up vehicle prices in Namibia.According to...

Body found in Kavango River...

1 day - 19 October 2021 | Crime

KENYA KAMBOWE RUNDUThe body of Engidius Kayanguya (35) from Rundu’s Sauyemwa township was found floating in the Kavango River last Monday with...

Church, civil society butt heads...

1 day - 19 October 2021 | Health

JEMIMA BEUKES WINDHOEKThe Voices for Choices and Rights Coalition wants abortion to be legalised up to the seventh month of pregnancy,...

PHOTO OF THE WEEK

1 day - 19 October 2021 | Picture Gallery

Miss Namibia 2021, Chelsi Shikongo, and her runner-up, Annerrie Maré, both received cars to help them fulfil their duties. For the first time since Pupkewitz...

Blowing out somebody else’s candle...

1 day - 19 October 2021 | Youth

Emilie MandumeThe ‘We Care’ project was established under the School of Destiny Association (SODA) Consultancy and launched in February 2021. The initial aim is to...

The learners of Pro-Ed Academy...

1 day - 19 October 2021 | Opinion

Ceara SinclairI’m a grade 8 learner and I like to make bullet points on my notes as it helps me remember stuff easily. I also...

Save the economy by getting...

1 day - 19 October 2021 | Economics

STAFF REPORTERSpeakers at the ‘Pandenomics’ webinar recently hosted by Nedbank Namibia and Simonis Storm, and supported by Nedbank Business Banking and Nedbank Private Wealth, have...

Load More