It has also urged individuals to be cautious when acquiring cattle for slaughtering and examining cattle’s eyes, nose and mouth for any fluid secretions.
MoAF has mentioned that professionals from the Animal Health Research Centre of the Directorate General of Agricultural and Animal Research is conducting laboratory evaluation of the samples collected from six,100 goats and sheep.
The laboratory evaluation is component of a serological survey of Rift Valley Fever (RVF) and Neosporosis diseases that can pose severe harm to public well being and heavy losses in livestock. RVF is a viral zoonosis that mainly impacts animals but also has the capacity to infect humans, the ministry mentioned in a statement.
‘The illness also final results in substantial financial losses due to death and abortion amongst RVF-infected livestock.
‘Mosquitoes are the main carriers of this disease and because of the spread of the disease in the neighbouring countries, it poses a direct threat to livestock in the sultanate. So, there is a need for precautionary measures to prevent the entry of the disease into the country,’ stated MoAF.
The blood sample evaluation is becoming completed in the interest of public well being and aimed at early detection of animal and typical diseases. It will also aid educate individuals about the diseases.
‘The survey results will help formulate necessary preventive programmes and recommendations for effective control of the diseases,’ MoAF stated.
Information Source: Muscat Daily