Foot-and-mouth disease outbreak in Limpopo

An outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) has been detected in Limpopo, according to the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) has announced.

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The SAT 3 strain of the FMD virus was discovered in cattle in the Matiane community in the Thulamela local municipality of the Vhembe District.

According to a DAFF statement, the outbreak occurred within South Africa’s FMD protection zone, meaning it will have no effect on South Africa’s FMD-free zone status. It should also not have any impact on South Africa’s export activities.

The affected area is close to the greater Kruger National Park complex. FMD-infected buffaloes are prevalent in this area and are considered a constant source of infection.

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DAFF has appealed to all farmers to refrain from moving cattle out of the affected area.