Hooo-Hooo Volume 11 Nr 2 - Page 19

why the national animal health forum matters to buffalo Published with permission from Dr. Stuart McKernan. Taken from http://championwildlife.com/2017/09/18/why-the-national-animal- health-forum-matters-to-buffalo/ Across their native African distribution range, buffalo are integral to natural ecosystems, but are also hosts to two diseases that limit their existence in proximity of the food-producing animals necessary for humanity. Their capacity to carry and transmit subclinical foot-and-mouth disease virus (FMDV) and the haemoprotozoan Theileria parva, the cause of Corridor disease (CD), has placed them in the cross- hairs of government agricultural departments. FMDV is the big one. International trade depends upon a status imparted by the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) of “FMD free without vaccination”. South Africa achieves this through 2017 September 19