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SA liverstock remain banned in Malawi

Written by  MBC Online

Imports from SA remain banned in Malawi following the outbreak of foot and mouth disease (FMD) in that country.

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November

This is due to the fact that those in authority in Zimbabwe also re-imposed their own ban on meat import from South Africa.

Early January, Zimbabwe joined countries like Malawi, Lesotho and Swaziland that ban imports following the outbreak of FMD.

According to Al jazeera, Harare joined later before its Ministry of Agriculture agreed the decision and  re-impose the ban inorder to prevent the spread of infection into Zimbabwe.

Patrick Chikungwa, the Director of health   and animal safety said, Malawi is not affected from the current outbreak of disease as it did not lift the ban imposed in January.

He also said this may also have an effect to all cloven –hoofed animals including sheep, goats and pigs since FMD are contagious viral illness that affects Cloven –hoofed ruminants.

According to the World Health Organisation estimates that the disease circulates in 77 percent of the global livestock population in Africa.

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