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The detection of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) in Botswana has sent shockwaves through the livestock sector and for good reason.

FMD is a highly contagious viral infection that affects cattle, sheep, and pigs. To be clear, the consequences of an FMD outbreak are significant; and, for those directly affected they are dire.

Botswana has suspended all exports of cattle and related meat products while authorities investigate a suspected outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease.

  • Botswana has suspended all exports and movement of cattle and related meat products while authorities investigate a suspected outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease
  • The ban on the movement of cattle follows a similar step by neighbouring South Africa to curb an outbreak of the highly contagious viral disease which affects cattle, pigs, sheep, goats, and other cloven-hoofed animals
  • China banned the import of all cloven-hoofed animals and their products from South Africa due to an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD)