Three cases of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) found in cattle were reported in Zimbabwe early in 2018. According to a report by the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), information received from Zimbabwe’s Department of Livestock and Veterinary Services, FMD has been reported in Chegutu in Mashonaland West Province and in Marondera and Macheke in Mashonaland East Province. Zimbabwean newspaper The Herald has also reported “a severe foot-and-mouth disease outbreak in the Shurugwi district in the Midlands Province”. According to this report, the movement of cattle has been banned in the communal areas of Mvuma and Mberengwa and will be monitored in Gokwe. These three areas are red zones according to Veterinary Services in the Midlands Province.  However, commercial areas are exempt from the ban because no cases were detected on commercial farms. This outbreak follows a severe FMD outbreak in 2015. –Ursula Human, Stockfarm


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