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Official: Livestock had Orf disease
Thursday, October 17 2013
Director of Animal Production and Health Simone Titus has confirmed that 15 of the 146 heads of selected pedigree stock have been slaughtered because they had contracted a disease.
Titus, whose unit is part of the Ministry of Food Production, yesterday said when the animals arrived in the country in January, they were supposed to have been disease free however, when they arrived at the farm, they noticed the animals were exhibiting signs of Orf also known as contagious ecthyma. Orf is a highly contagious, viral skin disease that affects sheep, goats and some other domesticated and wild ruminants.
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