GAMBIA - Dr Duto Sainey Fofana, Director General of the Department of Livestock Services has unveiled plans to prevent the outbreak of new cattle, sheep and chicken diseases in the country.
Dr Fofana said the cattle disease known as Contagious Bovine Pleuropneumonia (CBPP), sheep and goat disease known as Pest de Petit Ruminant (PPR) and poultry disease known as Newcastle Disease (NCD) are epidemics that needs to be tackled.
Dr Fofana was speaking to Daily Observer and said his department was working towards addressing the outbreak, with hopes to eradicate the diseases outbreak within the next 5 to 10 years.
“BPP is highly contagious and generally accompanied by pleurisy. It is present in Africa, with minor outbreaks occurring in the Middle East. The USA has been free of the disease since 1892, the UK since 1898, and Australia since 1973. The last outbreak in Europe was seen in Portugal in 1999. Little is known about the disease in Asia, but China claims that its last outbreak was in 1995 according to reports,” he said.
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