Mauritius: FMD again highlighted by the media this week in Mauritius

Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – The Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) that has been ravaging Mauritian livestock for the past three weeks continued to dominate the headlines again this week as the authorities proceed to vaccinate those animals that are still in good health.

This disease, which started in Rodrigues, has ravaged the island’s livestock where thousands of animals have been culled to prevent the spread of the disease.

The daily "Le Défi" wrote that the vaccination campaign has started in the region of Port-Louis where hundreds of cattle are living inside a three kilometre radius from the infected zone.

“We welcome favourably this initiative from the Veterinary Services because this activity is our only source of revenue. Vaccination will save our animals from this disease,” some farmers told the newspaper.

In an interview granted the daily “L’express", Rodriguan Commissioner for Agriculture Louis Ange Perrine said imported cattle brought the FMD to the island.

According to him, two experts from La Réunion had, in 2009, recommended that animal imports from mainland Africa be stopped. "They had suggested the use of artificial insemination in the reproduction of cattle," Mr Perrine said.

In this same newspaper, Nicolas Von Pally, the leader of "Mouvement Rodriguais", said Rodrigues the livestock should be vaccinated regularly, adding that importing cattle from other countries to Rodrgiues could bring in diseases.

On her part, Karen Samoisy, a Rodriguan veterinarian, observed: "At first, we did not suspect that it was the FMD as other diseases also have the same symptoms as this one."

"We cannot say that the disease will not come back again or there will be no new disease that will affect our livestock. We just have to be very vigilant,” she added.

Meanwhile, the daily “Le Défi" reported that the burial of dead animals in residential areas is of concern to the local population. "They have already buried a hundred dead animals in our region. They are polluting our region. What are the consequences? Nobody knows," some inhabitants of Cité La Cure, near Port-Louis, told the newspaper.

Other media reported that the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) has mobilized against the FMD in Mauritius. It has provided vaccines and a team of 10 Malagasy vets to help the Mauritian team.

They reported that the IOC had imported 20,000 doses of vaccines against the FMD for a sum of 34,000 euro from Botswana and 19,000 tags for a sum of 4,000 euro from France.

In a communique issued in Port-Louis, the IOC’s Secretary General Madi Hamada indicated that its network had kept a constant watch on human and animal health in the region.
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27 august 2016 12:44:13

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