Animal health

Theileriosis: Southern Africa on alert after breakout in Zimbabwe

The Zimbabwe veterinary services have confirmed an outbreak of Theileriosis throughout the country. January disease In Africa, this disease, also known as January disease, is caused by the cattle-adapted Theileria parva, which is transmitted by brown ear ticks (Rhipicephalus appendiculatus). Another similar disease which is caused by buffalo-adapted Theileria[...]

Botswana on alert for foot-and-mouth

A herd of buffalo that entered into Botswana from Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park in September has forced Botswana to put restrictions on the movement of all cloven-hoofed animals in the northeast of the country. Botswana is largely an FMD-free country, and the country jealously guards this status to protect[...]

By Tisha Steyn|22nd November 2023|Categories: Animal health, Articles, Livestock and game|Tags: , |

Improving the cattle industry’s health

Delivering a quality beef product to South African and global consumers begins with premium cattle. But healthy animals are made, and this is a collaborative process that requires input from multiple players, including primary producers like farmers, veterinarians, animal nutritionists, pharmaceutical companies and feedlots. This is the view of[...]

By Specialist Writer|22nd November 2023|Categories: Animal health, Articles, Livestock and game|Tags: , |

Tick-borne diseases of Zimbabwe: Lumpy skin disease (LSD)

Lumpy skin disease (LSD) is a viral disease that occurs across the globe. It is a transboundary disease that is categorised as a notifiable disease by the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). The disease is caused by lumpy skin disease virus (LSDV) that belongs to the family Poxviridae,[...]

By Specialist Writer|21st November 2023|Categories: Animal health, Articles, Livestock and game|Tags: , |

Tick-borne diseases in Zimbabwe: Heartwater

Economically speaking, heartwater is one of the most important tick-borne diseases in cattle, sheep, and goats in Zimbabwe. It is an acute, fatal, infectious but non-contagious, tick-borne disease of ruminants caused by Ehrlichia ruminantium (formerly Cowdria ruminantium) and transmitted by Amblyomma ticks, and the bont tick in particular. The disease can cause[...]

By Tisha Steyn|17th October 2023|Categories: Animal health, Articles, Livestock and game|Tags: , , |
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