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20 January 2018 21:00 (South Africa)

Second foot-and-mouth outbreak sees Lowveld quarantined

  • Branko Brkic
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    Branko Brkic

    Brkic is the founder and editor of The Daily Maverick.

    He has edited magazines on business and politics, technology, and wildlife. He has also published fiction and non-fiction books, most of them in Serbian. Though he has never pretended to be a reporter, his wide knowledge of politics (especially in America), combined with his experiences in a disintegrating Yugoslavia, gives him an unusual outlook on events in South Africa.

    Despite the vowel-poor surname, he tells anyone who asks that he hails from Hyde Park, Johannesburg, having spent most of his adult life in South Africa.

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A ban has been imposed on moving cattle, sheep or other split-hoofed animals out of the Lowveld area without a specific permit after a second outbreak of the dreaded foot-and-mouth disease was reported near Komatipoort in Mpumalanga. The first outbreak was in early September and has since spread within the local area, triggering roadblocks and other control measures. Foot-and-mouth holds no danger to humans, but spreads easily and can decimate herds in a matter of weeks. It is often spread by livestock owners who smuggle animals out of quarantined areas while they are still asymptomatic.

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  • Branko Brkic
    branko3048 a ray
    Branko Brkic

    Brkic is the founder and editor of The Daily Maverick.

    He has edited magazines on business and politics, technology, and wildlife. He has also published fiction and non-fiction books, most of them in Serbian. Though he has never pretended to be a reporter, his wide knowledge of politics (especially in America), combined with his experiences in a disintegrating Yugoslavia, gives him an unusual outlook on events in South Africa.

    Despite the vowel-poor surname, he tells anyone who asks that he hails from Hyde Park, Johannesburg, having spent most of his adult life in South Africa.

    Recent columns:

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