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OIE Reports More FMD in South Africa

09 August 2013

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

The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) received follow-up report no. 1 on 7 August 2013 after the first outbreak which occurred on 17 July and confirmed the next day after a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test was conducted at the Transboundary Animal Diseases Programme, ARC-OVI, the OIE's reference laboratory.

A total of 1841 cattle were found susceptible, out of which six cases were reported. No deaths have been recorded and no animals have been destroyed. 

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

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


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