African horse sickness strikes Western Cape farm

An outbreak of African Horse Sickness was detected in the Western Cape, prompting veterinary services to establish an outbreak-control area. Photo: Supplied/Food For Mzansi

An outbreak of African Horse Sickness was detected in the Western Cape, prompting veterinary services to establish an outbreak-control area. Photo: Supplied/Food For Mzansi

After five suspected cases of African horse sickness (AHS) were detected on a Cederberg farm, the Western Cape government has taken emergency steps to control further disease outbreak.

According to the provincial veterinary laboratory, samples of a recent equine death tested positive for AHS.

Dr Ivan Meyer, the Western Cape minister of agriculture. Photo: Supplied

AHS is considered a serious, often fatal disease of horses, mules and donkeys. The virus is spread by infected insects causing fever and heart and respiratory problems in affected animals.

Disease symptoms include:

The Western Cape government has established an outbreak-controlled area after African horse sickness was discovered on a Cederberg farm. Image: Supplied/Food For Mzansi

Details or ringfenced area

Western Cape agriculture minister Dr Ivan Meyer confirms that a preliminary outbreak-controlled area has been established to curb further spread of the deadly disease. Its borders include:

This means that no horses, donkeys or zebras will be allowed to move out of, into or through the outbreak-controlled area without a permit. Permits are exclusively issued by the Western Cape department of agriculture’s veterinary services.

All forms and permit applications concerning the outbreak controlled area can be obtained and submitted to info@myhorse.org.za.  

Enquiries can be directed to the state veterinarian responsible for the Cederberg municipal area and the current AHS outbreak-controlled area. Contact Dr Chanel Lombard on 027 213 3106 or email chanelL@elsenburg.com.

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