CEM - THE END IN SIGHT
Posted by: Equine Research Centre
06 October 2014
As per the official letter from the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) below, we are happy to advise that the 2011 Contagious Equine Metritis (CEM) outbreak in the process of being declared closed. This follows extensive trace-backs involving testing of more than 4 500 horses (1 500 per year since 2011) when the outbreak first manifest itself. There were four horses in the initial outbreak investigation , following which, through the State mandated screening of stallions a further nine cases were identified. With leads received from these cases, a trace-back was conducted wherein a further 26 animals were found to be infected, bringing the total number of cases to 39.
All the affected animals have been successfully treated and confirmed to be negative at least one year after treatment. A declaration from DAFF of the outbreak being over is imminent, following which South Africa will work towards declaring the country free of CEM. The Equine Research Centre is proud to have been part of the joint venture with DAFF and industry, which sees us well on our way to eliminating CEM from South Africa. This partnership is also responsible for the elimination of equine arteritis in 1998 and equine influenza in 2004.