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Mpumalanga Cattle Affected by FMD Outbreak

14 March 2014

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

The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) received follow-up report no. 4 on Wednesday, 12 March. According to the report, the causal agent has been identified as the FMD virus, serotype SAT 2. 

A total of 37 cattle were found to be affected by the virus. No deaths were reported and no 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 cause of the outbreak.

Plans to vaccinate the animals in response to the outbreak(s) are in the pipeline.

Besides vaccination, several other control measures have been applied to contain the situation.

TheCattleSite News Desk

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