A foot and mouth outbreak at four farms in Botswana was confirmed at the end of October

A foot and mouth outbreak at four farms in Botswana was confirmed at the end of October

The Philippines Department of Agriculture has placed a temporary ban on cattle and beef imports from Botswana following a confirmed report of foot and mouth disease in the area. 

At the end of last week, Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala called for the immediate suspension of processing and evaluation of the application and issuance of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Import Clearance to FMD-prone animals, and their products and by-products from Botswana.

An order has also been issued for veterinary quarantine officers at all major ports to impede and confiscate shipment of cattle products from the country to reduce the spread of the disease.

At the end of October, the Office International des Epizooties identified four regions in Botswana where an outbreak of the disease had taken place.