Mauritius Agro Industry and Food Security Minister Mahen Seeruttun said importation of animals to Rodriegues could have resulted into the virus reaching this tourist island.
Foot-and-mouth disease normally affects cattle, sheep and goats.
The minister said the disease was detected by Rodrigues veterinary services on July 7, 2016.
A total of 579 animals suspected of suffering from foot-and-mouth disease have been slaughtered in Rodrigues island, while 300 others have been slaughtered in other parts of Mauritius.
The exact cause of the transmission of the disease in Rodrigues is not yet known, Seeruttun said, adding that “we suspect the virus was carried to the island through infected meat carried by travellers using yachts.”
The minister said the results of analyses carried out in France and South Africa will enable authorities to know the source of the disease.
“It may take about three years to completely eradicate foot-and-mouth disease from Rodrigues island. But currently there is a temporary ban on importation of beef, pork, goat meat as well as lamb meat on the island,” the minister said. Enditem
Source: Xinhua/News Ghana