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More than 10,000 cattle vaccinated to prevent the FMD spread in South Africa

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More than 10,000 cattle affected by foot and mouth disease have been vaccinated to prevent further spread of the infection in the Republic of South Africa.

According to the South African government press service, the decision on vaccination was taken after an outbreak of foot and mouth disease in the Vhembe District of Limpopo in January.

Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Senzeni Zokwana pointed out that cattle vaccination started on January 14, 2019. The priority was given to cattle affected by the disease, and herds located within a radius of 20 km around the affected village.

“The animals affected by the outbreak are cattle kept in rural villages with communal diptanks and grazing. The affected villages are in close proximity, within a 20 kilometre radius. The estimated number of cattle in the 20km around the affected villages is 15 000, of which 4 500 are in the FMD free zone,” Zokwana stressed.

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