African Horse Sickness restrictions lifted in Boland - MEC

2016-06-15 11:56


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Cape Town - The containment zone established to contain an outbreak of African Horse Sickness in the Boland has been dissolved.

Western Cape Economic Opportunities MEC Alan Winde on Tuesday announced that movement controls had been lifted.

This after a horse died at the Schoongezicht farm in Paarl in April.  

Winde said that samples collected from the colt that became ill had tested positive for the AHS virus, subsequently shown to be serotype 1. The farm's remaining 10 horses tested negative for the sickness, transmitted by midges. 

For the past three months, no movement of horses into, out of, through, or within the containment area was allowed without a movement permit from a state veterinarian.

"A containment zone was established and enforced around this indicator case. It has now been 40 days since the last confirmed case of AHS and the containment zone around Wellington, Paarl and Stellenbosch has been dissolved and movement controls within the AHS Surveillance Zone reverted to normal as from [Monday]."

Including the initial case, 21 horses on eight properties within the containment zone tested positive for the virus. In total, four horses died. 

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