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Namibia suspends meat imports from South Africa over foot, mouth disease

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By Reuters | January 10th 2019
Namibia has suspended meat imports from South Africa due to the outbreak of foot and mouth disease. [Photo: Courtesy]

 

WINDHOEK- Namibia has suspended meat imports from South Africa due to the outbreak of the highly contagious foot and mouth disease, state broadcaster, NBC, said on Wednesday.

The disease, which causes lesions and lameness in cattle and sheep, was detected in a northern district of Limpopo province, South Africa’s agriculture department announced this week.

Quoting acting Chief Veterinary Officer Albertina Shilongo, NBC said the suspension would take immediate effect.

Foot and mouth disease does not affect people but poses a threat to cloven-hoofed animals such as cattle, goats and sheep.

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