21 May 2019
1. Introduction and summary
South Africa had an outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) and lost the OIE recognised FMD free zone without vaccination status on 7 January 2019. The disease, in the free zone, was first noticed on 2 January 2019 and confirmed on 7 January 2019 by the OIE FMD reference laboratory. The last positive location was reported to the OIE on 4 February 2019.
The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries is confident that the clinical end point of the outbreak was reached on 31 January 2019 and the final report on this event was submitted to the OIE on 7 May 2019.