Japanese Journal of Veterinary Research;Volume 44, Number 2

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VIRAL DISEASES OF LIVESTOCK IN ZAMBIA

MWEENE, Aaron S.;PANDEY, Girja S.;SINYANGWE, Peter;NAMBOTA, Andrew;SAMUI, Kenny;KIDA, Hiroshi

Permalink : http://hdl.handle.net/2115/2558
JaLCDOI : 10.14943/jjvr.44.2.89
KEYWORDS : Viral diseases;Livestock;Control;Review;Zambia

Abstract

This review is to provide information on viral diseases of livestock in Zambia. The distribution of the diseases as well as the control measures and limited research that has been done, are described. Foot and mouth disease (FMD) causes serious economic losses in the cattle industry. So far five serotypes (SAT1, SAT2, SAT3, O and A) of FMD virus have been isolated in Zambia. Other notifiable viral diseases are rabies, Rift Valley fever, lumpy skin disease, African horse sickness, bluetongue, African swine fever, Newcastle disease, Marek's disease, fowlpox and infectious bursal disease. Based on the reports of clinical and/or serological diagnoses, these are widespread in the country, although their precise incidence rates are not known. With the establishment of a veterinary school equipped with modern diagnostic facilities and the increasing number of qualified veterinary personnel, this review would stimulate surveillance study on the viral diseases for the ultimate goal of achieving effective disease control measures.

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