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Mchinji targets 10,000 cattle in foot and mouth vaccination campaign

Written by  James Kanyenda, MBC Stringer

Up to 10,000 cattle are being targeted in a vaccination campaign in Mchinji to cure foot and mouth disease, Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development said Tuesday.

Mchinji cattle farmer helps in vaccination against foot and mouth disease. Mchinji cattle farmer helps in vaccination against foot and mouth disease.
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About 72 cows have been affected, Halmiton Chimala, the ministry’s spokesman told MBC Online.

 

Mchinji has suspended cattle movement and slaughtering following the detection of the disease.

 

Chimala said normal control of the disease requires two rounds of vaccinations followed by post vaccination monitoring, which is blood sampling to determine the level of protection before removing restrictions.

 

“This is the approach the Department of Animal Health and Livestock Development will follow. The good news is that the vaccination has commenced already,” said Chimala.

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