Foot and Mouth Disease: An order of 10 000 doses of vaccines placed by the Agro-Industry Ministry
An order of 10 000 doses of vaccines has been placed with a laboratory in Botswana following an outbreak of the Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) in Rodrigues and Mauritius. The statement was made by the Minister of Agro-Industry and Food Security, Mr Mahen Seeruttun at the National Assembly yesterday.
He added that analysis of a set of blood samples received on 31 July 2016 from Rodrigues was carried out the following day at the Animal Health Laboratory at Réduit and the tests were positive to the FMD. The disease was first detected in Rodrigues and then extended to Mauritius.
Consequently, several teams comprising Veterinary officers and Extension Officers of FAREI have been constituted and have been visiting the different breeding places in Mauritius to enquire about the health of the animals and to advise the breeders concerned not to effect any transfer of the animals from one place to another around the island.
Mr Seeruttun recalled that on 2 August 2016, officers of his Ministry, visited one particular farm in Vallée des Prêtres containing 80 animals including animals imported from Rodrigues on 15 July 2016, and suspected clinical cases of FMD were detected. Following the detection of the disease, a Crisis Committee comprising representatives of the Ministry, Food and Agricultural Research and Extension Institute, the Ministry of Environment, Sustainable Development, and Disaster and Beach Management, the Ministry of Local Government, the Police Department as well as the Chamber of Agriculture and the Mauritius Meat Producers Association was set up for a better monitoring of the situation.
With regard to Rodrigues the situation has been worsening and the Rodrigues Regional Assembly has declared the whole of the island as quarantine zone, said the Minister, adding that over the weekend, a Veterinary Epidemiologist of the Indian Ocean Commission has proceeded to Rodrigues as well as senior officials of the Ministry to take stock of the situation over there.
Measures are also envisaged to cull all the animals in the reported infected farms in Rodrigues. Additionally a strict control is also being exercised at the airport to ensure that no raw meat is carried by passengers coming from Rodrigues.