Press Release

23 February 2022

Foot and Mouth Disease: Mtubtuba Outbreak Follow up report

Current Status 

Since the previous update report of January 2022, a new cluster of infected dip tanks was identified between the two clusters previously affected.  this new cluster is still within the reduced Disease Management Area (DMA) in KwaZulu-Natal.  Ten (10) new locations have been confirmed as positive for FMD, bringing the number of affected locations to 35.  This situation warrants the use of vaccination to reduce the viral load and thus control the further spread of the disease.  Movement control measures remain in place in the DMA and serological and clinical surveillance is ongoing.