Eric Naki
Political Editor
2 minute read
26 Feb 2021
7:32 am

Farmers warned over potential animal fever outbreak

Eric Naki

'Only way to prevent spread is by vaccinating livestock and controlling mosquitos with registered products.'

Sores in the mouth of animals suffering from foot-and-mouth disease causes reluctance to eat and lameness. Image: Farmer's Weekly website

Rain is always welcomed by farmers, but floods could have a devastating consequences, especially for animals. Scientists from North-West University have warned livestock farmers to be on the lookout for a possible outbreak of mosquito-borne Rift Valley fever (RVF) due to the recent rain in many parts of the country. While the virus mainly affects animals – wild and domestic – South Africa has recorded a number of human deaths due to the fever – especially those who work closely with animals. “Worst of all, RVF is zoonotic, meaning people can become infected, mainly by handling sick or dead animals,...