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FMD Breaks Out in South African Cattle

18 August 2010

SOUTH AFRICA - An outbreak of foot and mouth disease has occured in South Africa's cattle herd, according to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).

The South African veterinary authorities sent an immediate notification to the OIE yesterday, 17 August.

According to the report, 19 cases were identified while 80 animals showed signs of susceptibility to the disease. The outbreak took place at a farm in the province of Limpopo on 13 August.

The cause of the outbreak remains inconclusive. The detection of an outbreak FMD in the FMD Protection Zone of South Africa does not affect the FMD free status of South Africa as recognised by the OIE and thus does not affect the export status of the country.



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