Field teams commenced CBPP vaccinations in the entire Sesheke district in February, 2004.
Other actions (in brief):
1. Field staff briefed on steps to follow once they encountered suspected cases of CBPP - using existing Departmental protocol to enhance early reaction to CBPP incursions.
2. Sensitization and education of cattle owners and other stakeholders on disease recognition and management based on FAO EMPRES Disease Recognition Manuals and Concepts.
3. Serological testing (CFT, ELISA) of herds in Sesheke and Livingstone Districts to determine the proportion of distribution of infected herds.
4. Submission of clinical and post mortem samples to the World Reference Laboratory for CBPP (CIRAD/EMVT-Montpellier-France) where Mycoplasma mycoides subsp. mycoides has been isolated and identity confirmed by PCR. This activity was facilitated through the FAO TCP project.
5. Clinical inspections to identify the disease in affected areas and also to ensure that meat inspection is performed at local abattoirs and slaughter slabs by trained Veterinary staff.