Zokwana 'confident' dept will contain foot and mouth disease outbreak

Several of South Africa's neighbours have stopped importing meat as a precautionary measure.

Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Senzeni Zokwana. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - The impact of a foot and mouth disease (FMD) outbreak in Limpopo is being outlined at a meeting of government and agriculture groups on Monday.

Several of South Africa's neighbours have stopped importing meat as a precautionary measure.

Agriculture Minister Senzeni Zokwana says he’s confident his department will be able to contain the outbreak of foot and mouth disease in the Vhembe District of Limpopo.

Zokwana says his department is currently assessing the situation along with the red meat industry and working on solutions.

Several neighbouring countries have banned South African meat as a precaution, after the disease was detected earlier this month.

Zokwana says his department has formulated a plan to contain the current outbreak of foot and mouth disease in Limpopo.

The disease has been reported to the World Health Organisation for Animal Health and as a result, the country’s FMD-free status has been suspended.

Zokwana says despite the outbreak humans have nothing to worry about.

The department says it’s rolling out vaccinations in the affected district.

(Edited by Mihlali Ntsabo)