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October 19, 2008

Senegal acquires vaccines against cattle disease

Senegalese Livestock Minister Oumou Khairy Guèye Seck on October 17 handed over vaccines worth FCFA27 million to the officials in charge of the control of the bovine nodular dermatitis in the country. The disease, which affects particularly bovine animals, including cows and buffaloes, broke out last August in Senegal.

Since then, the Senegalese government has released some FCFA500 million to provide free treatment to the livestock across the country.

The minister said that 500,000 doses of the vaccine had been ordered from Mali for distribution in the various regions.

Ten regions in Senegal are being plagued by foot and mouth disease and the bovine nodular dermatitis, which have already killed 361 heads of cattle with the region of Saint-Louis worst hit with 3, 885 cases and 191 deaths.

FCFA3 billion was allocated to the Livestock ministry under the 2009 budget to modernise the department and fight diseases threatening the country's livestock.

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