WATCH: Govt confirms foot-and-mouth outbreak in northern KZN

WATCH: Govt confirms foot-and-mouth outbreak in northern KZN

Government has halted the movement of cloven-hoofed animals in some parts of KwaZulu-Natal due to an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease. 


Three KZN districts have been declared disease management areas, as the province struggles to contain a recent outbreak. 

Minister for Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development Thoko Didiza has confirmed that King Cetshwayo, Umkhanyakude and Zululand have been placed under precautionary quarantine. 

The first case was confirmed in May.

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"This we have done in order to contain the spread. This will affect the lives of farmers in a negative manner. 

"However, in order to help all of us as a country but also as a farming community - to manage the spread of this disease, it is important for us to contain the movement of animals as well as meat from these areas." 

She says a number of suspected locations were identified as disease-prone.

"This will ensure that the veterinary services will assess the impact positive or negative, that might actually result on those movements. 

"This will also affect the movement of meat as you know that meat itself can be able to impact negatively in the movement of this virus." 

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