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Five FMD Outbreaks in South Africa Affect Cattle

29 October 2013

SOUTH AFRICA - The South African veterinary authorities have reported five outbreaks of foot and mouth disease in various regions across Mpumalanga affecting cattle and impala populations.

The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) received follow-up report no. 1 on Friday, 25 October. 

According to the report, a total of 8508 cattle were found susceptible, out of which 31 cases were reported. No deaths were reported, and no animals were destroyed and/or slaughtered.

According to the OIE, the outbreak 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 outbreaks.


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