ĦĦLUSAKA, Oct. 18 (Xinhuanet) -- The foot and mouth disease that hasplagued Zambia's Southern Province since early this year has stabilized, thanks to massive vaccinations of the cattle stock, the official Zambia News Agency reported Monday.
Itezhi Tezhi district commissioner Godfrey Beene said 18,000 animals have been vaccinated against the disease in his district.
The district's agriculture coordinator Frank Lubasi said they are targeting to vaccinate 35,000 animals to maintain a non-porousbuffer zone against the disease.
Namwala district veterinary officer Charles Maseka said 42,000 cattle have been vaccinated in the district.
He said 68,361 cattle in the district were affected by the disease, out of a total stock of 93,000 animals, adding the disease has since stabilized.
Maseka said the disease could have been transmitted by African Buffaloes, the main carriers of the disease, which were seen in the area prior to the outbreak.
To check the spread of the disease, Zambian authorities have set up checkpoints on major roads in and out of Southern Province.All vehicles and passengers have to be sterilized. Enditem