Via Republikein online :
" Following the outbreak of Rift Valley Fever in the Republic of South Africa last year, the state veterinary services of Namibia has been on high alert. As a result the first cases have been detected and confirmed at two farms in the Hardap Region on 12 May 2010. In addition, there is one suspicious outbreak under investigation in the Karas Region. Rift Valley fever is an insect borne viral disease of cattle, sheep and goats which can also affect Humans.
As a consequence, the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry imposes, with immediate effect, the suspension of all movement of cattle, sheep and goats from, into within and through the two regions of Karas and Hardap for one week. Therefore all permits that were issued involving the 2 regions have been suspended. The slaughter of cattle, sheep and goats at export abattoirs and the sale of animals at auctions have also been suspended. All border posts are now closed for livestock, game animals including fresh or frozen meat for own consumption until further notice.
These measures have been imposed in order to allow time to ascertain the extent of the outbreak and to open negotiations with trading partners. Updates on the prevailing situation will be given as information is received.
Meanwhile intensified surveillance activities are underway in the Karas and Hardap Region and state veterinarians elsewhere in the country have been put on high alert. Farmers are therefore urged to report any animals (cattle, sheep and goats) that exhibit suspicious signs (as outlined below) to their nearest veterinary official, to assist and cooperate with veterinary officials in their investigations. Owners of farms in high risk areas (close to water bodies, recently received heavy rainfall and experiencing increased biting fly activity) are urged to be particularly vigilant.
Efforts are underway to import Rift Valley Fever vaccines and make them available to farmers through local suppliers."