The MEC for Agriculture, Land Reform, Rural Development, Environment and Nature Conservation, Ms Nomandla Bloem, is calling on owners of cattle, sheep and goats to vaccinate their animals against Rift Valley Fever (RVF).
The recent good rainfall in certain areas of the Northern Cape will result in an increase in the numbers of mosquitoes that transmit this disease. The RVF is a serious viral disease that is spread through mosquitoes that causes abortions and death in young cattle, sheep and goats. People coming into contact with the blood and other body fluids of infected animals can also develop RVF.
Farmers are therefore advised to vaccinate all cattle, sheep and goats against Rift Valley Fever, especially in areas that have recently received rainfall. Live vaccine (OBP Live) can only be used in non-pregnant animals as the live vaccine can cause abortions. Only dead/ inactivated (OBP) vaccine must be used in pregnant animals. It is the responsibility of the animal owners to vaccinate their animals and prevent loss.
Any suspicion of RVF disease must be reported immediately to the nearest State Veterinarian.
Issued by the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform, Rural Development, Environment and Nature Conservation.
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