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Namibia bans trading of live birds to contain disease outbreak

Namibia bans trading of live birds to contain disease outbreak

Agriculture

Following an outbreak of the New Castle disease in Namibia on July this year, the country’s Agriculture Ministry has banned movement and trading of live birds in the country.

The Ministry confirmed that the contagious bird disease that is transmissible to humans, had been spreading in three regions, Oshana, Ohangwena and Oshikoto, in the north of the country.

This is not the first time New Castle disease is being reported in Namibia, but the magnitude of the current outbreak has not been seen in the country for a long period.

In light of this, movement and trading of live birds, chickens, ducks, ostriches, guinea fowls, caged birds, pigeons and doves has been banned with immediate effect.

“In light of this, movement and trading of live birds, chickens, ducks, ostriches, guinea fowls, caged birds, pigeons and doves has been banned with immediate effect,”the Ministry said in a statement.

Also banned with immediate effect is the movement of uncooked eggs and feathers from neighbouring countries that border the northern regions of the country.

Farmers in the affected regions have been urged to visit their nearest state veterinary office for New Castle disease vaccines.

Although the notice said commercial poultry farmers should have sound vaccination programmes and bio-security in place, ostrich farmers were advised not to do so without consulting veterinary offices.

“The public is hereby advised not to consume poultry that died from this disease or any other disease but to report such incidences to the nearest state veterinary offices,” the notice said, adding that such poultry should be burnt.