Press Release

2 July 2021

Foot and Mouth Disease: Mtubatuba Outbreak Follow up Report

1. Introduction and summary
In May 2021, an outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) in cattle was confirmed at a dip tank in the Umkhanyakude District Municipality of the KwaZulu-Natal Province. Since the discovery and reporting of the index case, seventeen other locations have been identified as FMD positive and reported to the OIE. All locations identified lie in the suspended FMD free zone and in the KwaZulu-Natal Province. The affected areas comprise mostly of communal grazing land, with one location being a commercial feedlot. Disease investigations are ongoing to determine the extent of the spread of disease. The following map shows positive locations to date. Note that locations with close proximity may appear as a single location on this map.