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Rwanda lifts cattle movement ban as Rift Valley Fever contained

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Rwandan Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources on Monday said it had decided to lift a ban of cattle movements imposed last month following the outbreak of Rift Valley Fever in four districts of Eastern Province.

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The outbreak that was first detected on May 18 in Ngoma, Kirehe, Rwamagana and Kayonza districts, claimed the lives of 99 cows, according to the ministry.

Following a massive vaccination campaign to stop the spread of the disease, no new cases have been reported since July 14, the ministry said in a statement.

The spread of the disease has been contained and the threat posed by the disease was minimized, it said.

Rift Valley Fever is a viral disease of cattle and sheep which is spread to livestock through the bite of infected mosquitoes during years of heavy rainfall, according to the ministry.

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