Sat, 15 May 2021

  • An African horse sickness outbreak has been confirmed in the Cederberg Local Municipality.
  • The Western Cape Agriculture Department has put in place restrictions on the movement of equine animals in the affected area.
  • Animal owners need permission to transport animals.

The Western Cape's provincial veterinary laboratory has confirmed an outbreak of African Horse Sickness (AHS) in the Cederberg Local Municipality.

Daniel Johnson, a spokesperson for the Western Cape Agriculture Department said the disease was suspected after five horses became sick on a farm. After a recent death, laboratory tests confirmed the disease.

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Johnson said as a precaution, the province had established a preliminary outbreak-controlled area to avoid the spread of the disease.

The Western Cape agriculture department has placedEquine animals are not allowed to be transported in or outside the borders of the map without permission. This follows an outbreak of African horse sickness. Supplied Western Cape Agriculture Department

There is no treatment for AHS. To control the disease, equine animals are vaccinated and those who have the disease are slaughtered.

Johnson said to avoid the disease spreading: "No horses, donkeys and zebras will be allowed to move out of, into, through or within the outbreak-controlled area without a permit issued by the Western Cape Department of Agriculture's Veterinary Services."

Johnson said the outbreak-controlled area borders are:

An eastern border delineated by the border between the Western Cape Province and the Northern Cape Province.

A western border delineated by the Atlantic Ocean.

A northern border following the existing AHS protection zone border:

- from the Atlantic Ocean (between Cape Donkin and Lamberts Bay)

- crossing the N7 4.5 km south of Trawal and indicated by an AHS controlled area signboard

- following the Cederberg local municipality border east along the Doring river until the Northern Cape/Western Cape boundary

A southern border following the Cederberg Local Municipality border:

- east from the Atlantic Ocean, approximately 14.5km south of Elandsbaai

- linking to the N7 at the western base of the Piekenierskloof pass

- following the N7 to the R303 at Citrusdal

- following the R303 for approximately 19km to the Middelberg mountains to link back to the southern border of the Cederberg Local Municipality and to extend east to the border between the Western Cape Province and the Northern Cape Province.

People who need permits to transport their animals should contact info@myhorse.org.za.

Source: News24

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