Foot-and-mouth disease has been detected in the Vhembe District in Limpopo and reported to the World Organisation for Animal Health.
The National Department of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries reported this on Tuesday.
This means that South Africa's designation of being free of foot-and-mouth disease has been suspended and any exports of cloven-hoofed animals or products will be impacted.
The spokesperson for Minister of Economic Opportunities in the Western Cape Bianca Capazorio says this is devastating news for the South African economy as a whole.
South Africa produces around R2 billion worth of exports in red meats alone every year and the news that we have discovered foot-and-mouth in the country means that many of those exports will now be halted and we don't know how long that time period will be.— Bianca Capazorio, Minister of Economic Opportunities in the Western Cape spokesperson
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