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Zimbabwe Faces Foot-and-Mouth Disease Outbreak in South, East

  • Affected districts immediately placed under quarantine
  • Disease thought to have entered country from Mozambique

Photographer: Martin Bureau/AFP via Getty Images

Zimbabwe’s veterinary department has placed two districts under quarantine and stopped the movement of all cattle in or out after foot-and-mouth disease was detected in the southern Rutenga region and the Midlands areas of Kwekwe and Redcliff.

“We’ve now quarantined Rushinga and carried out awareness campaigns in the area,” Josphat Nyika, Zimbabwe’s director of veterinary services, said in a telephone interview from the capital, Harare. “In the Midlands Province, we’ve also detected foot-and-mouth cases in Redcliff and Kwekwe, and those areas have also been placed under quarantine so there’s no movement of cattle in or out.”