Foot and mouth disease outbreak spreads in Namibia

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WINDHOEK (Reuters) – Foot and mouth disease-prone Namibia has been hit by another outbreak of the highly contagious disease a month after it was detected in the north of the country, the ministry of agriculture said on Wednesday.

The disease, which does not affect humans but causes lesions and lameness in cattle and sheep, was first detected in the Ndiyona constituency in the northern region of Kavango East at the end of September.

It has now spread to the neighbouring Kavango West region and Shighuru village which is also in the Kavango East region.

The arid southern African nation earlier this month temporarily banned the cross-border movement of cattle into and out of northern neighbour Angola due to the outbreak.
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