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Todd Explains Quarantine Protocols

Cape differs from AHS outbreak areas

‘Our industry needs exports. It’s the only way to internationalise and recruit new money into SA.We had an EU Food & Veterinary Office audit date confirmed and then COVID-19 arrived’.

SAEHP Managing Director Adrian Todd is adamant that South Africa stands ready to host either a physical or a remote audit.

Adrian Todd

SAEHP MD Adrian Todd

“Our government has given its full support at the highest levels and South Africa’s trade negotiating team are hard at work to secure the soonest possible date,” he assured us after being contacted by the Sporting Post following reports of champion trainer Mike de Kock labelling changes in training protocols at Randjesfontein as ‘bizarre’.

To contacted the SAEHP boss to try and gain some clarity on the issues surrounding domestic movement of horses and African horse sickness control measures.

“In order to protect the integrity of the free zone, there are a number of measures in place which include movement restrictions between the AHS infected part of the country and the controlled area.To assist the industry in maintaining movement during higher risk periods of the year, or from areas where outbreaks of the disease have been detected, point of origin Vector Protected Quarantine can be utilised,” he said.

Todd said that when there are sporadic cases of the disease in an area, like the Germiston case under discussion, whole state vet areas may not shut down for direct movement.

“Rather an area of 30 km around a case, or cases, is defined and direct movements from within this area is restricted. The 30 km area is based on data from well-defined AHS outbreaks in the AHS controlled area,” he explained.

He added that vector protected point of origin quarantine is where the horses are quarantined in a vector protected facility at a location in the infected zone which is considered high risk.

In this instance horses are quarantined for 14 days and must be inside the vector protected facility between the hours of 15h00 and 10h00.

“The quarantine protocol in place seeks to find the balance between international norms for movement of horses between an infected and a free country, and the situation we have in South Africa. We recognise that it is not ideal as regards the routine for horses in training, and we constantly seek to make protocols as practical as possible while minimising the risk of transmission into the control zones,” he said.

He confirms that this current formalised system was introduced two years ago to keep movement to the Cape possible even in the face of an outbreak.

“Previously the Western Cape AHS controlled area would close the borders as soon as the first case of AHS was reported for the season and this closure would stay in place until the following winter.”

A purpose built barn funded by the RA was installed at Randjesfontein.

“SAEHP and the Department are constantly working to improve control measures while maintaining the integrity of the control zones., which is the priority. Every decision taken by the department is based on a risk assessment that carefully balances all aspects. Each year provides further movement and case statistics (that were not collected prior to 2016) that allows debate on changes based on scientific principles and expert input.”

A number of other ideas have been mooted. Mr Todd says that these however were simply not up to international standards.

“The current EU export protocol in Cape Town is often mentioned as it is different and allows exercise during the day from two hours after sunrise to two hours before sunset, but this is explicitly from the AHS free zone where there is active surveillance in place and no circulation of AHS virus, which is of course not the case in an AHS outbreak area.”

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5 comments on “Todd Explains Quarantine Protocols

  1. Hugh O'Neill says:

    The moral of the story for Michael de Kock is that if you do not want to look ignorant and foolish do some basic research before you shout your mouth off, otherwise the keyboard warrior will have much to say about you that is well deserved.

  2. George Croucher says:

    Hugh O’ Niel you should definitely practise what you preach before attacking your keyboard, what Mike has done and continues to do for SA racing is unparalleled and for you to suggest that he doesn’t do his research only highlights how little research you yourself have done…if you going to have a go at anyone spare yourself the embarrassment of making a complete Ass of yourself and check the facts

  3. George McDonald says:

    Hugh O’Neill do you think Adrian Todd should have responded with this—
    “I guess we’re doomed to further disapproval if we respond, and doomed to same if we don’t. We do not see the point in reacting to the vitriol. What good will it do? The comments are based on premises of mistrust and ongoing debates with negative individuals will get us exactly nowhere. We have tried to put ourselves on the other side of the fence and in certain respects we understand the anger out there. A few good viewpoints have been raised among the nasty ones. We have lived through what has happened in the South African industry with everybody else. But fighting with keyboard critics will detract us from the issues at hand and take our focus off the pressing task of finding solutions.”
    Or should Todd have just said—-People are quick to sling off, but they don’t really have the facts

  4. Hugh O'Neill says:

    I do not need to know the facts to understand that because Michael is offended or affected by something he is quick to express his disapproval. Adrian has put him in his place in a pleasing and diplomatic manner.

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