FMD: Animal movement restricted in these areas

The technical task team appointed by the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry an Fisheries, Senzeni Zokwana, met on 16 January 2019 and shared information and advice.
The task team agreed on the following:

• To limit the area being vaccinated to make the long-term management of the disease easier, provided this does not compromise the disease control efforts. 
• To increase police visibility.
• To provide feed for the affected villages in order to limit the movements and interactions of animals at grazing sites.

Two sets of teams are working in the area: 17 vaccination teams are conducting inspections and vaccinations; and four inspection teams are working in the "clean" area to determine the extent of the outbreak.  

To date, the disease has been confirmed in two villages.  Following reports of clinical signs, three more villages are being followed up and samples have been submitted to the laboratory.

The Limpopo Department of Agriculture provided feed to the affected animal owners. Letters have been sent to 20 of South Africa's trade partners and trade of especially processed products is starting to flow. 

DAFF said in a media statement that it wishes to reiterate the movement restriction in the disease management area in Vhembe.  No live cloven hoofed animals are allowed to move into, within, through and out of the area.  Law enforcement has been reinforced and any animals found to be moved around will be confiscated by the police and destroyed.  This area has the following boundaries:

Northern boundary
The R524 road from town of Makhado to Thohoyandou up to the Kruger National Park (KNP) fence.

Western boundary
The N1 Highway from Makhado to the point where the R36 road crosses the N1 Highway.

Southern boundary
The R36 road from the N1 Highway to Mooketsi. Along the Mooketsi/Giyani Road (R81) from Mooketsi to where the road crosses the Little Letaba River.  Along the Little Letaba River up to the fence of the KNP.

Eastern boundary
The KNP fence

DAFF said that it must be kept in mind that the loss of South Africa’s FMD free zone status was caused by only two animals, which has tested positively for the disease outside the free zone.

The animals have been found just outside the controlled area in the northern part of Limpopo. These two animals have effectively ended South Africa’s FMD free zone status and there is no indication of the disease occurring in any other part of the country.

"The control of FMD is critical between countries which are producers of livestock. FMD is an exclusively animal disease and it has no impact on human health. If the process of containing the disease is successful, South Africa may be able to retrieve its FMD free zone status within a year. A prerequisite for success is the urgent and speedy implementation of the country’s traceability system," according to the statement.