Over 15, 000 cattle affected by foot-and-mouth disease

Zimbabwe has joined Botswana, Eswatini and Namibia in banning imports livestock products from SA. This after the outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease was confirmed in cattle in the Vhembe District in Limpopo. Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - The Department of Agriculture has revealed the extent of the foot and mouth outbreak.

Officials say it has affected more than 15, 000 cattle in Vhembe district in Limpopo and that the situation is worse than expected.  

The area has been quarantined and further assessments will be made to determine if cattle need to be culled. 

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The department has also expressed concerned about the money the country is losing over the halting of meat exports.

Zimbabwe has joined  Botswana, Eswatini and Namibia in banning the import of livestock products from South Africa.