Aftermath of Foot-and-Mouth Epidemic
Deer hunting will be forbidden for three weeks as from Saturday, August 13, according to a communiqué issued today (August 11) by the Ministry of Agro-Industry.
The prohibition is due to the foot-and-mouth epidemic that is currently affecting Mauritius and Rodrigues. This decision has been made by a crisis committee set up in the aftermath of the outbreak.
The first case was detected in Rodrigues. Since then, hundreds of infected farm animals have been slaughtered. The virus has also been detected in Mauritius this week: yesterday, several cases of infected animals were reported from farms located at Cité la Cure and Highlands. The Minister of Agro-Industry has explained the measures to be taken to curb the epidemic, one of them being to vaccinate uninfected animals; a vaccination campaign is expected to eliminate the virus in three years’ time.