By Robert Maswanganyi
Makhado- The national Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishers (DAFF) and the Limpopo Department of Agriculture and Rural Development have both confirmed the outbreak of foot-and-mouth (FMD) in the vhembe district during the media briefing held on Friday, 11th of January 2019 at Makhado local office of the Limpopo department of agriculture and rural development.
The two departments have joint team of veterinary services experts on the ground further investigating the extent of the spread of the disease.
Following this confirmation by the FMD laboratory the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) on Monday recognized FDM-free status of South Africa suspended.
Limpopo spokesperson for the MEC of the department of agriculture and rural development, Khanye Nkwanyama said that the control measures are movement restriction, vaccination and identification of cattle in the area.
“FMD is a severe, highly contagious viral disease which affects livestock with significant economic impact.
“The disease affects cattle, pigs (domestic and wild), sheep, goats and other cloven hoofed animals.
“The disease does not affect human beings. Signs of diseases in animals may include depressed animals, sores in the mouth of animals causing reluctance and lameness. Any suspected case of the disease in the animals must be reported to the local state veterinarian immediately”, said Nkwanyama.
The department has warned stock farmers to look out bio-security measures by not allowing new animals into their herds and to minimize the movement of their own herds to other farms, especially in the area enclosed by the R81 Road, R35 Road, N1 and R524 Road.
The exact boundaries will be published in the government gazette.
The permits of the movement of cloven hoofed animals and unprocessed products out of Mopani, Vhembe and Capricorn Districts has been withdrawn until further notice and only products, processed using methods of validated to inactivate the FMD virus are safe for movement.
“Farmers, industry and the community at large are hereby urged to observe the measures in operation so that the disease can be brought under control as short a time as possible and the situation can return to normal”, concluded Khanye Nkwanyama.