Josphat Nyika, Veterinary Services Director
Josphat Nyika, Veterinary Services Director

The Zimbabwe Government has suspended the importation of live cloven hoofed animals and related products from South Africa with immediate effect following an outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease.

The South African Veterinary Authorities had on November 1st said that there had been an outbreak of the disease on a farm in Molemole District of Limpopo Province.

The Veterinary Services Director, Josphat Nyika reminded members of the public and stakeholders of the ban of the importation of live cattle, goats, sheep and pigs from South Africa.

Nyika said South Africa was currently in the process of identifying the virus strain, extent of the outbreak and conducting backward and forward tracing to determine

This would also include the locations to which the disease might have spread.
This is the second time in 2019 that Zimbabwe has suspended importation of such animals from South Africa after another outbreak hit the same province in early January.