Rift Valley fever confirmed in South Africa

Rift Valley fever (RVF) has been confirmed in South Africa’s (SA) Free State Province. SA’s Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) has confirmed an outbreak of RVF in sheep near Jacobsdal in the Free State Province. To date, the disease has been detected on 1 farm, with further investigations…

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Zimbabwe bans SA processed meat imports due to listeria

The Zimbabwean government has halted imports of a wide range of processed meat products from South Africa (SA) to prevent the spread of listeriosis. Listeria has killed 180 people since breaking out in SA late last year. On Sunday, Health Minister Aaron Motswaledi identified a food processing plant in Polokwane…

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Zambia bans SA processed meat imports

Zambia has banned the import of processed meat products, including polony, sausages and ham, from South Africa (SA) to safeguard citizens from contracting listeriosis, which broke out in SA last October. Listeriosis is a disease caused by infection with listeria, with pregnant women, elderly people, children, and immune compromised adults…

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Oriental fruit fly outbreak spreads to Western Cape in SA

The South African Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) has reported an outbreak of the Oriental fruit fly in the Grabouw area of the Western Cape Province. In a statement issued on 19 February, the DAFF Early Warning Systems unit said the presence of the pest was confirmed by…

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