South African auctioneer arrested for selling animals from area hit by foot and mouth

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – An auctioneer had been arrested on suspicion of violating a ban on selling animals from an area affected by foot and mouth disease in South Africa’s Limpopo province, the agricultural department said on Wednesday.

The viral disease, which causes lesions and lameness in cattle and sheep, was detected for a second time in November after a previous outbreak in January last year.

The latest outbreak prompted a suspension of live auctions in Limpopo, Mpumalanga, Gauteng and North West Provinces and…

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