Namibia has vaccinated 250,000 cattle as an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease hit the northern part of the country last month.


The vaccination will cost the government about 208 million Namibian dollars (17 million U.S. dollars).
In a statement released Tuesday, Acting Agriculture Permanent Secretary, Abraham Nehemia, said Namibia has enough vaccines and has also ordered 500, 000 more from Botswana.
The containment area includes Etosha National Park where lies the biggest concentration of wild animals in the country.
Nehemia said the cattle should be vaccinated twice in 60 days and thereafter every four to six months until the disease is eliminated.
“Mop-up vaccinations to cater for cattle left out in the first round of vaccination are also underway and farmers are urged to contact the Directorate of Veterinary Services offices in their areas,” he said.
This comes after news that the disease has spread to other areas with cattle at two farms affected.
Restrictions have been imposed on movement of livestock in certain areas, the official revealed.
“All movements of livestock within, into and out of the surveillance zone are hereby suspended until further notice,” he said.
There are currently some 1.2 million cattle across Namibia. Enditem.


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