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KWAZULU-NATAL is experiencing a sinister outbreak of an animal-borne bacterial disease causing abortion, infertility, reduced milk production and weak joints in both livestock and humans.

More than 400 cows have tested positive in the northern part of the province this year.

According to the KZN Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, this year’s high number of the infectious spread of brucellosis threatens to trigger great reproductive health, nutrition and economic failures for the majority of rural animal holders and consumers of raw meat or fresh milk from infected dairy cows, goats and sheep province-wide.

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