Western Cape horse movement restrictions lifted

The provincial department of agriculture issued restrictions on the movement of horses between March and May for the Porterville, Wellington, and Robertson areas, after a bout of AHS.

“Please note that some properties affected by the outbreak, may still be under quarantine by the regional state veterinarian,” said economic opportunities MEC Alan Winde in a statement.

“The co-operation given by owners of affected properties within the previously restricted areas is greatly appreciated, and the Western Cape department of agriculture remains dedicated to the control of AHS within SA.”

“The cold winter weather currently being experienced, allows for the lifting of the movement restrictions,” added Winde.

Movement restrictions of horses from other provinces into the Western Cape will remain in place and be reviewed as necessary.

Winde said the last case of AHS was reported in the Robertson area on 21 May.

In total, 36 properties were affected and 96 cases of the disease were confirmed. The mortality rate was 11% of all infected horses.