FMD vaccine underway in affected areas

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The Ministry of Agriculture Irrigation and Water Development has acquired and commenced vaccine for the Foot and Mouth outbreak that has affected areas around Lisungwi and Kunthembwe areas in Neno and Blantyre districts respectively.

A cow showing FMD symptoms A cow showing FMD symptoms

According to a press release from the Ministry, the vaccination came into effect on 9 June in all the affected areas.

“Meanwhile, the Ministry is urging affected livestock farmers and the general public to cooperate with its officials and security officers including the Police during the implementation of these measures,” further reads the statement.

The Ministry has therefore assured the general public that following the commencement of the vaccination campaign; the FMD outbreaks will likely be contained as soon as possible.

However the Ministry has also established new FMD cases in Linthipe and Bembeke Extension Planning Areas (EPA’s) in Dedza district and Njolomole EPA in Ntcheu district.

To contain the situation, the Ministry has suspended all markets, banned all livestock slaughtering, restricted livestock and livestock products movement from and in the affected areas, banned issuance of livestock movement permits from the affected areas, mounted roadblocks and patrols at strategic points and intensified awareness of the livestock community on the outbreak.

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