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FMD Outbreak in Mpumalanga Affects Cattle

02 December 2013

SOUTH AFRICA- The South African veterinary authorities have reported an outbreak of foot and mouth disease (FMD) in Mpumalanga.

The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) received follow-up report no. 2 last week (Thursday, 28 November). 

The FMD virus, serotype SAT 2, was found to affect 2039 animals, out of which 11 cases were reported. No deaths were recorded 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 source of the outbreak.


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