Stakeholders in the livestock sector met in early February to review the outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) in Mashonaland East and West provinces. The Area Veterinary Extension Worker reported a suspected outbreak in Chegutu on January 17 and a full inspection was carried out. However, some cattle from the affected Chegutu herd had already been moved to sale pens in Harare and Macheke and, after further investigations, an outbreak of FMD has been confirmed in Macheke.

These outbreaks linked to the Chegutu herd have been resolved by veterinary authorities and the sale pens in Harare which had been closed, have since been re-opened. To assist with disease control, veterinary authorities now require all animals presented for sale to be branded to identify the province or district of origin. An FMD committee has been established in the wake of the spread of the disease in the country and will meet weekly to monitor the situation on the ground and to strategise on the way forward for managing FMD. The Herald