In an interview with The Herald, acting Midlands provincial veterinary officer Dr Samson Manatsa confirmed an outbreak of foot and mouth disease in Kwekwe and parts of Redcliff.
He said a team of veterinary services officers is on the ground in an effort to contain the outbreak before it spreads to other parts of the province. Dr Manatsa also said Kwekwe has been put under quarantine as a measure of curbing the spread. Said Dr Manatsa:
I can confirm an outbreak of the disease in some localised sections especially A1 and A2 properties on the southern parts of Redcliff. Our team is already on the ground conducting vaccinations as we try to curb the infections from spreading. The whole of Kwekwe has been put under quarantine. There is no movement of cattle allowed for now, either to or from Kwekwe. We know very well the effects it might have to traders, but we have no other option except to monitor cattle movement.
Dr Manatsa said they are investigating the extend of the infection and also the causes of the infection. They are using what is known as call ring vaccination which involves vaccinating from outside going inside towards the infected areas to avoid further spread of the disease.