South Africa detects foot and mouth disease in Limpopo province

Livestock exports have been suspended following an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in Limpopo. Image: Justinjerez/ Wikimedia Commons

The highly contagious foot and mouth disease, which poses a threat to the livestock industry, has been detected in a northern district of South Africa’s Limpopo province, the country said on Tuesday.

Positive laboratory results for the viral disease, which causes lesions and lameness in cattle and sheep, were taken in the Vhembe District of Limpopo, which borders Zimbabwe.

“FMD is a severe, highly contagious viral disease which affects livestock with significant economic impact,” the department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries said in a statement.

The highly contagious foot and mouth disease, which poses a threat to the livestock industry, has been detected in a northern district of South Africa’s Limpopo province, the country said on Tuesday.

Positive laboratory results for the viral disease, which causes lesions and lameness in cattle and sheep, were taken in the Vhembe District of Limpopo, which borders Zimbabwe.

“FMD is a severe, highly contagious viral disease which affects livestock with significant economic impact,” the department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries said in a statement.

 

Reuters

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