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First case of foot-and-mouth disease in Morocco

Clinical and laboratory investigations carried out on 7 January 2019 in cattle with symptoms suggestive of foot-and-mouth disease, on a farm located in Douar Ouled Sidi Chennane, in the rural commune of Krifate (Fquih Ben Saleh province), allowed to confirm the presence of this disease in the said farm, says the National Food Safety Authority (ONSSA) in a statement.

The public body announced that measures have been taken by the provincial veterinary service of Fquih Ben Saleh in collaboration with the local authorities, at the level of the infected farm. This included the slaughter and destruction of all cattle and sheep on the holding; cleaning and disinfection of the holding, including premises and equipment; vaccination of all cattle around the home; launching investigations into the origin and traceability of cattle affected by the disease and launching an epidemiological livestock survey at the zone level.

“Since 2014, and in order to protect the national herd, ONSSA regularly carries out annual cattle vaccination campaigns against foot-and-mouth disease, which gives the national cattle herd a satisfactory immunity mattress,” says the organization.

ONSSA finally recalls that foot-and-mouth disease is a viral animal disease that is not transmissible to humans and contagious to animals, particularly cattle. The virus responsible for the disease can be transported by air and by contact between animals.

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