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FMD Outbreaks Reported in South Africa

24 December 2013

SOUTH AFRICA - The South African veterinary authorities have reported two new outbreaks of foot and mouth disease in Mpumalanga, affecting cattle populations.

The Word Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) received follow-up report no. 3  on Monday, 23 December. 

According to the report, a total of 23450 animals were found susceptible, out of which 39 cases were reported. No deaths were recorded and none of the animals were destroyed and/or slaughtered.

According to the OIE, the outbreaks occurred within South Africa's FMD protection zone in the portion where vaccination for FMD is done by State Veterinary Services.

Vaccination is only allowed within this zone and may only be done by State Veterinary Services.

Contact with wild species has been identified as the main source of the outbreaks.


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