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Livestock vaccinations to curb RVF

2010-05-25 07:36

Johannesburg - A total of 7 660 livestock have been vaccinated on farms in areas where Rift Valley Fever is prevalent, the North West agriculture department said on Monday.

The department and its veterinary services directorate, had vaccinated animals in the Dr Kenneth Kaunda and Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati districts, where outbreaks were reported in March this year, the department said.

Director for veterinary services in the department, Dr Langa Madyibi said veterinary public health officers and animal health technicians were working with locals to advise them how to contain the disease.

"We are so far pleased by the farmer's co-operation as most captured cases were reported by them," said Madyibi.

"But we envisage that due to the drop in temperature and hopefully the onset of frost soon, the disease will be curtailed."

North West MEC Boitumelo Tshwene, in his budget vote speech last week, assured soccer fans they would not contract the disease as measures had been put in place to control it.