OPUWO: The results of blood samples taken from 21 cattle suspected to have contracted Contagious Bovine Pleuro-Pneumonia (CBPP) in the Kunene Region were expected to be out on Friday.
Opuwo State veterinarian Vimunika Mutjavikua told Nampa on Friday the blood samples were taken by the Directorate of Veterinary Services (DVS) at the Otjindjerese Auction Kraals just outside Opuwo.
These were then sent to the State veterinary laboratories in Windhoek for tests to be conducted.
“The blood samples were taken to Windhoek yesterday and the animal health technicians were busy working on them to establish if these cattle have the disease or not,” he explained on Friday afternoon.
The samples were taken from a larger group of 47 cattle which are suspected to be infected in the region.
According to the State veterinarian the owner of the other 26 cattle, which were being held in the Okangwati area, visited the DVS office in Opuwo on Friday and agreed to have blood samples taken for tests from his cattle as well.
“We sent out a team of health technicians to Okangwati to see if they can locate the 26 cattle and obtain the samples,” said Mutjavikua, adding that the samples will also be sent to Windhoek as soon as it is collected.
He added that animals that are suspected to have a contagious disease are contained or quarantined to be monitored until the suspicions are cleared or the disease confirmed.
The isolation of the 21 cattle held at Otjindjerese village in the Opuwo Constituency from which the samples have been taken and the 26 cattle held in the Okangwati area in the Epupa Constituency is however being left in the hands of the farmers and their traditional leaders, according to Mutjavikua.
The DVS earlier in the week met with resistance from the owners of the cattle as they were unwilling to have their cattle taken into quarantine, fearing that the cattle would be destroyed if found to be infected.
Their fears stem from an incident earlier this year when cattle brought into Namibia from Angola which was found to have CBPP, were destroyed.