"The ban, which take immediate effect, covers live cattle, pigs, goats and sheep, and meat and by-products from these animals. The import of livestock fodder from South Africa is also banned," a DNAV media statement on Friday said,
The Veterinary Services have ordered increased vigilance in the districts bordering on South Africa to prevent infected animals or meat from entering Mozambique.
Foot and mouth is a highly infectious viral disease which can affect all hoofed mammals, domestic and wild. It can spread very easily from contact, not only with the infected animals themselves, but also with contaminated farm equipment, vehicles, clothing and fodder.
The disease is a major threat to livestock farmers and industries and measures to contain the outbreaks often include strict restrictions on movement and mass culling of animals.
Mozambican officials have no immediate figures on how much meat the country is importing from South Africa annually.