Zimbabwe bans South African livestock import amid fears of disease

Zimbabwe bans South African livestock import amid fears of disease

- Zimbabwe has, for the second time this year, put a hold on imports of meat and livestock from South Africa

- This comes after an outbreak of foot and mouth disease in the northern parts of SA

- Authorities are now working on identifying the virus strain

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Export of meat and livestock to Zimbabwe from SA has been halted after an outbreak of foot and mouth disease in Limpopo, reports News24.

The Zimbabwe agriculture ministry stated on Friday, 8 November that the ban of imports is a means of preventing the spread of the disease into the country.

Foot and mouth are not dangerous to humans but are a threat to sheep, goats and cattle.

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Briefly.co.za gathered that in January of this year, Zimbabwe, eSwatini and Botswana also suspended meat imports after the disease had broken out.

For now, authorities are working hard to identify the virus strain and just how far the disease has already spread.

If the ban on imports continues for too long, it could have a negative impact on South Africa's economy - not something the country needs right now.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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