Foot and Mouth Disease: Vhembe Outbreak and Surveillance Update

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Department: Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries

Report compiled by: Directorate: Animal Health

Date: 15 February 2019

FOOT-AND-MOUTH DISEASE: Vhembe Outbreak and Surveillance Update

  1. Introduction and summary
    On 7 January 2019, an outbreak of Foot and Mouth disease (FMD) was confirmed in cattle in the Vhembe district of Limpopo Province. The outbreak occurred in the high surveillance area of the FMD Free Zone, immediately adjacent to the protection zone. The outbreak was reported to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and, as a result, South Africa lost its FMD free zone without vaccination status.

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