For those crossing into Nambia take note of the following.
OUTBREAK OF FOOT AND MOUTH DISESASE IN KWAZULU NATAL – SOUTH AFRICA
On 25 February 2011, South African Veterinary authorities reported detecting Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) at dip tanks in the north eastern parts of Kwazulu Natal. The outbreak was detected on routine serological testing but it appears that none of the animals are still showing clinical signs.
It is against this background that the Directorate of Veterinary Services (DVS) will implement the following measures:
The import of all cloven hoofed animals (including game) from all provinces of South Africa is hereby banned and all permits already issued are hereby withdrawn.
All imports of meat and meat products, dairy products, hides, skins and trophies from cloven hoofed animals (including game) from South Africa (irrespective of the Province of origin) are hereby banned and all permits already issued are hereby withdrawn.
The import of cloven hoofed animals (including game) and their products in transit through South Africa is hereby banned and all permits issued in this regard are hereby withdrawn.
All farms in Namibia that received cloven hoofed animals from South Africa since 1 January 2011 will be placed under immediate quarantine to allow intensified surveillance by officials from the Directorate of Veterinary Services.
The import of meat and meat products for own consumption (irrespective of whether it is cooked or uncooked) from South Africa is prohibited and veterinary staff at the international borders will ensure that such product is confiscated and destroyed.
Consideration will be given to the commercial importation heat treated products and canned products from approved establishments.
The situation on imports will be reviewed and communicated to the public from time to time as more information becomes available.
Farmers are urged to report any suspicions of disease in their herds and flocks to their state veterinarian. Early detection and early reaction are key to the control of disease outbreaks.
The Ministry looks forward to the cooperation of all producers and importers.
Dr C Bamhare
Acting Chief Veterinary Officer