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Knowledge, attitudes, and practices (KAPs) of farmers on foot and mouth disease in cattle in Baghlan Province, Afghanistan: A descriptive study

Osmani, A., Habib, I. and Robertson, I.D.ORCID: 0000-0002-4255-4752 (2021) Knowledge, attitudes, and practices (KAPs) of farmers on foot and mouth disease in cattle in Baghlan Province, Afghanistan: A descriptive study. Animals, 11 (8). Article 2188.

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This study was performed to investigate the knowledge, attitudes, and practices (KAPs) of farmers, animal traders, and veterinary professionals on FMD in Baghlan province, Afghanistan. Four structured questionnaires were administered to the respondents. Almost half (48.5%) of the farmers had heard of the occurrence of FMD in their neighbourhood or knew the name of the disease. The majority of farmers could recognise the clinical signs of FMD in their animals (salivation, 85.9%; tongue ulcers, 78.8%; gum lesions, 78.2%; hoof lesions, 76.8%). Most farmers stated that the “introduction of new animals” was the primary cause of FMD appearing on their farms and to control the spread of the disease, over half of the farmers (56%) preferred not to buy cattle from unknown or potentially infected sources. Animal traders’ knowledge was limited to recognising some clinical signs of the disease such as: salivation, and lesions in the mouth and on the feet. No animals were directly imported by the traders from outside Afghanistan. Over half of the local veterinary professionals (65%) kept record books of the animal diseases seen and/or treatment plans undertaken, and 80% of them reported the occurrence of FMD to the provincial, regional, and central veterinary authorities. No regular vaccination programme against FMD was implemented in the province. Poor import controls and quarantine were considered to be the main barriers to the control of FMD in the study area and the surrounding provinces. It can be concluded that, despite relatively good knowledge about FMD in the study area, there are gaps in farmers’ and traders’ knowledge that need to be addressed to overcome the burden of the disease in the province. These should focus on strengthening interprovincial quarantine measures and implementation of regular vaccination campaigns against the circulating FMDV within the area.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): Veterinary Medicine
Publisher: Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI)
Copyright: © 2021 by the authors
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