Livestock officials in Mpulungu have launched investigations into a possible presence of foot-and-mouth disease in the district.
Mpulungu District fisheries officer, Lloyd Hambiya said in an interview that two cattle recently died and after being examined, they were found with symptoms suggesting the presence of foot-and-mouth disease in the area.
Mr. Hambiya said samples from the dead animals had since been sent to Bamora Laboratory in Lusaka for further examination.
“There is also need for resource mobilisation because if investigations prove that we have this disease, stringent measures have to be put in place to fight it,” he said.
He said the disease was highly contagious, dangerous and capable of wiping out all the cattle in the district.
Mr Hambiya said the department of livestock had stopped the movement of animals and meat products from the district to other areas to stop the possible spread of the suspected disease.
The other animals at risk of attack from foot and mouth disease, apart from cattle, are goats and sheep.
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