CPD Guideline for Veterinarians

Rabies outbreak

Rabies outbreak in Gauteng: Muldersdrift and surrounds

Press statement: Gauteng Province


Preventing rabies in humans

With regards to rabies post exposure prophylaxis, there is a change from human rabies immunoglobulin to equine rabies immunoglobulin.  As quite often veterinarians are the first contact with people that were potentially exposed to a rabid animal, please assist in preventing rabies in humans within the country.

NOTICE: Recommended therapeutic alternative for human rabies immunoglobulin

Adverse drug reaction and product quality problem report form

National & Provincial CDC co-ordinators contacts for animal rabies reports







21 November

Dear Colleagues

Please find the link regarding the use of unregistered vaccines against AHS for your attention and distribution.



14 Novemebr 2016

Dear Colleagues

There has been a reported AHS case in the Kuruman area. The state veterinarian has been advised and samples have been submitted for confirmation. Initial date of detection was the 8th November.

I would like to thank the State Vet Dr Lea Shuda for the proactive and prompt response to this report, and for letting us know so quickly.


Camilla Weyer



3 May 2016

Dear Colleagues


There have been a number of further confirmed cases within the AHS containment area in the AHS surveillance zone since Friday the 30th April.


3 of these cases are outside of the 5km radius, and they are/ were clinical cases. One of these cases was a weanling, that subsequently was euthanased.


The symptoms of the weanling were not typical for AHS, but lung oedema was observed, so please remain vigilant and please report any suspicious or possible cases to us asap. The sooner we have the report the sooner we can act.


A special thank you must go to Prof Guthrie who gave up his Saturday afternoon to run these samples as a priority.


At present the containment area will not change, but will be re-evaluated next week. A situation report will be released with a press release asap in next week, but we wanted to ensure that you are all kept up to date.





DAFF authorised Veterinarian (Ref: 1/2/1/7/8)
State Vet Boland authorised Veterinarian
(Movement Control and Equine Disease Surveillance) and Research Officer
Equine Research Centre
Cape Town
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Cell: 076 152 2782
Fax: 086 558 9818


Dear All

To many of you this may be already common knowledge but it seems not all know which passports are acceptable as a movement document for horses into and within the AHS controlled area.

For any horse that needs to be moved between AHS zones, and from the infected zone into the AHS controlled area, ONLY the following passports comply:

The SAEF passport: FEI group IX passport (the old blue ones and the new green ones)

The NHRA passports (green jockey club passports used for thoroughbreds)

The import export council passports (Red passports issued by the NHRA)

And since September 2015 the Red Studbook passports, BUT only the new ones that have a picture in them that looks like the one attached.ALL THE OLD STUDBOOK PASSPORTS ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE FOR MOVEMENT, AND ACTUALLY HAVE NEVER BEEN ON THE ACCEPTED LIST OF PASSPORTS.

The vaccinations for AHS must have been done by a veterinarian, and the ID page of the passport must have been completed by a veterinarian.

So if you have a client that is planning to move a horse and you are either unsure of the passport the horse has, or you have realised that it either does not have a passport, or it is one of the old Studbook passports that DO NOT comply for movement, please contact myself or Danielle Pienaar so we can advise you as to how we can rectify the situation. 

FOR THOSE GOING TO SHOWS OUTSIDE OF THE CONTROLLED AREA, ALSO PLEASE NOTE THAT A MOVEMENT APPLICATION FORM MUST BE COMPLETED. FIND ATTACHED. This application is also required for any other movement of horses from the infected zone into the AHS controlled area.

Please contact us if we can help in any way further, or if anything is unclear.


Dr Camilla Weyer
DAFF authorised Veterinarian (Ref: 1/2/1/7/1)
State Vet Boland authorised Veterinarian
(Movement Control and Equine Disease Surveillance)
and Research Officer
Equine Research Centre
Cape Town
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Cell: 076 152 2782
Fax: 086 558 9818


Please click on these links to view the following documents:

Procedure for Blanket African Horse Sickness (AHS) Movement Ban February 2016

African Horse Sickness (AHS) Stop Over Quarantine Protocol 2016

SOQ Details

Movement Permit Application

Horse Pasport Diagram

Notice of restriction of African Horse Sickness vaccination periods

Sudden Death Investigation - Piroplasmosis, March 2016

AHS Containment Zone 8 April 2016

Links to African Council websites

Veterinary Statutory Bodies in Africa

Veterinary Council of Namibia

Veterinary Council of Zimbabwe (department of livestock and veterinary services)

Kenya Veterinary Board

Veterinary Council of Tanzania

Botswana Veterinary Association

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