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The Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development has confirmed that several provinces in South Africa have picked up new cases of foot and mouth disease over the past few months.
“The outbreaks of FMD in KwaZulu- Natal (KZN) province are still ongoing, with five new cases identified in the past two weeks. This bring the total number of affected dip tanks to 66 since the start of the outbreak in May 2021, in the district municipalities of Zululand, UMkhanyakude, King Cetshwayo District, iLembe, and eThekwini,” the department said in a brief statement on Wednesday, 22 June 2022.
In the North West, 14 new outbreaks of foot and mouth disease were recorded in the past two weeks.
“All affected properties and adjacent premises have remained under quarantine since the start of the event. Cattle on the affected properties in North West province are being vaccinated to decrease the viral load and these properties will be depopulated in a controlled manner as soon as practical routes to do so have been identified,” the department added.
While in Limpopo, the department said eight positive locations were identified in the Thulamela area since the disease was found in April 2022, adding that further surveillance of dip tanks and farms in the Disease Management Area was continuing.
“The outbreaks in KZN and Limpopo province are present in areas where it is difficult to enforce individual farm quarantine, therefore Disease Management Areas (DMAs) were declared in both these areas. A Movement Control Protocol is available to guide movements of cloven hoofed animals and their products out of, into, through and within the DMAs”The Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development
The Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development has also urged stakeholders in the livestock industry to abide by the movement restrictions that have been put in place to prevent further spread of foot and mouth disease within the country.
“Further, all farmers and owners of livestock must safeguard themselves by applying biosecurity measures on their farms and only buy healthy animals from well-known and reputable sources. Farms and feedlots are also advised to isolate new animals before introduction into the resident herds,” the department said.