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South Africa officially free of foot-and-mouth disease

Christian Fernsby |
South Africa's meat produce is officially free of foot-and-mouth disease, the department of agriculture, forestry and fisheries and the livestock industry said.

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In a joint statement, the stakeholders said no new cases had been found since the first case was detected in Limpopo in January.

"There have been no new cases of foot-and-mouth detected in the disease management area declared in Limpopo in the past 10 weeks and, thus, three incubation periods have lapsed. Intensive surveillance demonstrated that the virus did not spread and that the outbreak has been contained," they said in a statement.

In a bid to ensure that the disease did not spread, strict movement controls were put in place, with roadblocks put up to ensure that movement regulations were adhered to.

The roadblocks are likely to be discontinued by the end of April, but the department warned that "no animals may move into, out of, through or inside the disease management area without state veterinary approval".


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