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New Foot and Mouth Outbreaks in Zimbabwe

16 June 2015

ZIMBABWE - There have been two new outbreaks of Foot and Mouth Disease in cattle in Zimbabwe.

There were a total of 12 cases of the disease in a susceptible population of 631 cattle on two farms, in the province of South Matabeleland.

The farms are thought to have become infected because they share fences with a previously infected farm. The previous cases resulted from illegal movement of animals, and contact of cattle with wild animals at grazing and watering.

All infected farms and surrounding areas within 20km radius have been vaccinated to prevent further spread. 17,000 cattle have been vaccinated in North Matabeleland, and 40,000 cattle have been vaccinated in South Matabeleland.

TheCattleSite News Desk

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