Media Release on Foot-And-Mouth Disease: Update

By Food Focus on 29 November 2019

19 November FMD Statement DALRRD

In summary: On 1 November 2019, veterinary services were alerted to clinical signs suspicious for Foot-and Mouth disease (FMD) in a herd of cattle on a farm in the Molemole local municipality of the Capricorn district, Limpopo. Control measures have been put in place and movement of animals have been restricted. Animal buyers are encouraged to ensure that the animals are free of the disease and should produce a veterinary certificate as proof.

Please note that in terms of Section 11 of the Animal Diseases Act, 1984 it is the responsibility of “any owner or manager of land on which there are animals …take,… all reasonable steps to prevent the infection of the animals with any animal disease, or parasite and the spreading thereof from the relevant land or animals…”. Anyone spreading FMD through the movement of animals may thus be held civilly and or criminally liable for such offence.