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Foot And Mouth Vaccines Run Out In Mat South

Foot And Mouth Vaccines Run Out In Mat South

16/05/2011 15:14:00

Gwanda, 16 May 2011 – Thousands of cattle in Matabeleland South province 
could succumb to the deadly Foot and Mouth disease amid revelations that the 
region has run out of vaccines to fight the highly contagious disease.

A fresh outbreak has been reported in Stanmore, 30km outside Gwanda town 
three months since the disease was detected and put under control.

Although officials at the Veterinary Department refused to speak to Radio 
VOP, farmers who visited the centre to seek assistance for their ailing 
cattle said they were disappointed not to get help.

“We are afraid we will have to watch our cattle die after we were told by 
the vet officials that they were still awaiting supplies from Harare, we are 
being turned away and being told to seek alternatives such as wound powder 
and penicillin”, said Sikhumbuzo Sibanda a peasant farmer in Stanmore.

Vet officials have since mounted a roadblock at Esigodini in endeavour to 
control the movement of cattle.

Foot-and-mouth disease or hoof-and-mouth disease is an infectious and 
sometimes fatal viral disease affects cloven-hoofed animals. The virus 
causes a high fever for two days followed by blisters inside the mouth and 
on feet that rupture and cause lameness.

A shortage of beef is likely soon as containment of the disease demands 
trade restrictions and quarantines and the elimination of infected cattle.


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