This follows the recent outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) in the Molemole district municipal area in Limpopo which is affecting a number of farms, of which most are feedlots. Botlhe Modisane, the department's technical spokesperson for the disease, has confirmed that more cases of cattle testing positive for foot-and-mouth disease have been confirmed last week.
He says several other cases were reported after the department’s active tracing-forward method was effective. With this method, the destinations of all cattle that were purchased at an auction in Limpopo were established.
Modisane says the infected animals are kept together on enclosed farms while there are no infected cattle in communal areas. No animals can leave these farms or no animals are allowed onto these farms which have been placed under quarantine. Negotiations are also in progress with producers, for animals to be slaughtered under controlled at an approved abattoir. No sick animals will be slaughtered, only animals that are not showing signs.
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That was Bothle Modisane, technical spokesperson on the foot-and-mouth disease only on Before Dawn.