Zimbabwe continues Newcastle Disease programme
Zimbabwe's Central Veterinary Laboratory Department
has completed preparing 25 mln doses of Newcastle vaccine to be used in the
second phase of the Newcastle Disease immunisation
Veterinary Field Services Director, Dr Unesu Ushewokunze-Obatolu, feels
optimistic that by the end of this second phase, more farmers will be in a
position to obtain the ND vaccine from the governmental Animal Management and
Health Centres, district or provincial veterinary centres, reported All
She said that Newcastle immunisation was ongoing; however, the programme
was suspended 6 months ago due to the unavailability of vaccines.
The government was only a provider of expertise and intelligence for
prevention of the spread of the disease, she said, adding that the outbreak of
ND was usually intense in rural areas because birds were not normally
vaccinated, unlike in the urban areas.
The mass ND immunisation programme was prompted by the Veterinary Services
Department after Zimbabwe suffered from an outbreak in 2004, which intensified
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