The Botswana Ministry of Agricultural Development and Food Security has confirmed a new outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in the Ngamiland District, about 1 500 km north west of the capital, Gaborone. The Department of Veterinary Services (DVS) issued a statement on 13 June stating that five cattle have been quarantined after exhibiting symptoms consistent with FMD. DVS director, Dr. Letlhogile Modisa said the department has since banned the slaughter and movement of all cloven-hoofed animals in and out of the district to prevent the disease from spreading. The government has also suspended the sale of all meat and meat products produced by Ngamiland-based slaughter and processing plants in the last 30 days. Click here to read the full article. – Outbreak News
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