Foot-and-mouth outbreak halts exports

2011-02-28 14:10

Cape Town - Agriculture Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson says there has been an outbreak of serological foot-and-mouth disease in northern KwaZulu-Natal.

Joemat-Pettersson said on Monday that because of this, SA's official status as a foot-and-mouth-free country has been temporarily suspended.

Also, all exports of cloven-hoofed animals - such as cattle and sheep - have been halted with immediate effect, she said.

Joemat-Pettersson said the Ingwavuma areas north of the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park (Isimangaliso), the Mkuze Nature Reserve and the area east of the Pongola Nature Reserve have been declared a foot-and-mouth-controlled area.

She said 600 hundred cattle had been tested in the affected area and half of these had proven positive, but none had been slaughtered.

"We have not tested animals in other areas for now as we have not detected ay such an outbreak anywhere else. We have been containing the situation since the middle of February," Joemat-Pettersson said.

  • dbz - 2011-02-28 14:43

    For a moment thought the article was about Malema electioneering in KZN with his 'foot-IN-mouth' disease.

  • Burtfred - 2011-02-28 14:54

    Has Jimmy Manyi recently visited Northern KZN? He suffers from a bad case of Foot-in-Mouth disease.

  • Sipho - 2011-02-28 14:57

    can please someone act quickly before this desease kill us, can we please get some protection before its too late?

  • TheWasp - 2011-02-28 15:00

    Juli-ass Malema must have spread it there, he suffers from serious Foot in Mouth Disease

  • Freddie - 2011-02-28 15:20

    Foot-in-mouth disease hits KZN. Does this mean Zuma, Malema and Manyi took a trip to Durban? ;-)

  • Slim - 2011-02-28 15:29

    Blame it on Bheki Cele... he constantly suffers from "FOOT IN MOUTH" syndrome! It is when your Mouth THINKS faster then your Brain!

  • Pat Riot - 2011-02-28 15:41

    Foot in Mouth disease in Northern KZN..hmmm, isn't that where our President hails from...

  • robgun - 2011-02-28 15:48

    Sounds like a terrorist plot to me.

  • Johnp - 2011-02-28 16:17

    People don't realise just how serious this is. State vets do not receive a scarce skills allowance, unlike just about everybody else in KZN agriculture. What is happening is that there are not veterinarians to run and coordinate proper stock management and disease prevention. To top it all, upper management is, well, poor, and do not appreciate the scale of the disaster at hand. These outbreaks are just the start. Mark my words, there will be a rabies outbreak, and then people will unfortunately die. Wait until

  • greg - 2011-02-28 16:27

    How does foot and mouth effect animals like kudu impala and other game

  • Chris - 2011-02-28 16:45

    This is serious crap, ready yourself for some serious price increases if this spreads. It can cause the elimination of millions of animals. Other susceptible animals include cattle, water buffalo, sheep, goats, pigs, antelope...

  • Horst - 2011-02-28 18:02

    shouldn't that mean that the price of meat will drop, because we can't export?

  • W Knouwds(Willem) - 2011-03-02 11:27

    It is well known in Namibia that South Africa,once the best Vet sevice in Africa Has droped well behind Namibia in controling animal desease.Vets are scares spesies not easely found in Za ask any one importing farm animals into Namibia. There is sort of we dont worry in ZA about animal health and movement control. In Namibia we have strict animal movement control, all movement must be acompanied by a vet permit and must be branded with a registered bran mark or tag in the ear.

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