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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

If I wanted to bring horses from Natal (where there seems to be an apparent AHS outbreak) to the Western Cape(Stellenbosch area), what would be the safest way of doing this? I certainly don't want to risk other horses' health or safety?

Asked: 24/1/2008, 21:53 by Annelle Muller.
Answered: 26/1/2008, 15:56 by James Urry.

All movements of Equines are governed by the African Horse Sickness Control Policy.

This document can be viewed here:

AHS Control information pamphlet, including maps of the control zones.

In the above example, moving a horse from Natal (Infected Zone) into the Western Cape Stellenbosch Area (Surveillance Zone) the following will be required:

  1. Vaccination of the horse by a veterinarian (signed in passport) with AHS I and AHS II vaccines given a minimum of 3 weeks apart.
  2. The second vaccination must have been given more than 60 days and less than 1 year ago.
  3. Certification of the Horse's health signed in the passport by a veterinarian, obtained within 48 hours of intended movement.
  4. Pre-Notification to the State Vet Boland more than 48 hours prior to intended movement.
  5. Official movement permit must be obtained from the local state veterinarian at place of origin - the permit will only be issued if the risk is deemed acceptable. The permit will be valid for 14 days and may be withdrawn if the AHS outbreak status changes.
  6. Sometimes, no movements are allowed from as early as March, up to June, depending on outbreak status, and a quarantine period may be required on arrival in the protection zones.

This information is taken from the AHS control document. Please consult the State Vet for most up to date information.

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