Difficult fight against the plague of small ruminants in DRC

Difficult fight against the plague of small ruminants in DRC

Kinshasa : Congo (Dem. Rep.) | Jun 07, 2012 at 1:30 PM PDT
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"FAO has set up a vaccination program in the affected areas in Bandundu province to make a screen to prevent the spread of the plague of small ruminants," said today in Kinshasa Serge Tissot, coordinator operation of agricultural emergency and rehabilitation of FAO in the DRC.

This becomes difficult because the disease is present in three neighbouring provinces of Bandundu one. There are the provinces of Bas Congo, Kasai Occidental and Equateur. In the province of Equateur, the disease is endemic. Serge Tissot advises people to avoid the movement of animals because some animals will not be able to resist disease in an endemic area.

He said that in Bandundu province where the disease affects goats and sheep, the mortality rate is 85%.

About the number of animals killed, he said it varies from 60 to 65,000. He said the figures provided by FAO come from services of the DRC Ministry of Agriculture. Recall that Radio Okapi of the UN mission in DRC announced the number of 300,000 animals killed.

Jean-Rene_Bompolonga is based in Kinshasa, Kinshasa, Congo (Dem. Rep.), and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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