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Saturday, June 19, 2010

Namibia : RVF Under Control - for the Time Being

A report from All Africa :

" NAMIBIA got off lightly from the recent outbreak of Rift Valley fever (RVF), which caused the agricultural sector revenue losses of millions of dollars.

However, should farmers not take precautionary measures by vaccinating their animals, they might be in for a rough ride next summer.

So says Dr Cleopas Bamhare, acting chief veterinary officer in the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry.

According to Bamhare, no new RVF infections have been reported since the ones reported on six farms in the Hardap Region and one in the Karas Region. The onset of winter played a significant role in bringing the deadly disease under control for the time being, he said.

Seventeen animals died in the two affected regions in what was regarded as the first RVF outbreak in Namibia since 1985."

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