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· Foot-and-mouth outbreak sends livestock exports into a tailspin
· South Africa detects foot and mouth disease in Limpopo province
Foot-and-mouth outbreak sends livestock exports into a tailspin
By TimesLIVE (S.Africa)
08 January 2019
A highly contagious viral disease that affects livestock has been detected in South Africa.
The department of agriculture, forestry and fisheries (Daff) said on Tuesday that laboratory results for foot-and-mouth disease in cattle had come back positive in the Vhembe district of Limpopo.
Samples were collected during a disease investigation after reports of cattle with lameness were received.
"The positive location is just outside the foot-and-mouth disease control zone, in the free zone without vaccination," said the department in a statement.
"A team of experts from the department and the Limpopo veterinary services is on the ground conducting further investigations to verify the results and determine the extent of the outbreak.
"The control measures will be determined by the findings of this investigation."
The outbreak has been reported to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).
"As a result of this development, the official OIE recognised foot-and-mouth disease-free status of South Africa is temporarily suspended. Consequently, any exports where foot-and-mouth disease free zone attestation is required cannot be certified."
South Africa detects foot and mouth disease in Limpopo province
Reporting by Tanisha Heiberg, editing by Ed Osmond, Reuters
January 8, 2019
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - The highly contagious foot and mouth disease, which poses a threat to the livestock industry, has been detected in a northern district of South Africa’s Limpopo province, the country said on Tuesday.
Positive laboratory results for the viral disease, which causes lesions and lameness in cattle and sheep, were taken in the Vhembe District of Limpopo, which borders Zimbabwe.
“FMD is a severe, highly contagious viral disease which affects livestock with significant economic impact,” the department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries said in a statement.
Foot and mouth disease (FMD) does not affect people but poses a threat to cloven-hoofed animals - such as cattle, goats and sheep.
The agricultural department said the World Organization for Animal Health has temporarily suspended South Africa’s FMD free status but exports were continuing as the affected cattle were not from commercial farmers...