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Screening of stallions for CEM in SA

Screening of stallions Programme for CEM in SA

It has been announced by the Department of Agriculture, Forest and Fisheries (DAFF) that all stallions used for breeding or semen collection in South Africa have to undergo testing for Contagious Equine Metritis (CEM).

The Disease

CEM is a venereal bacterial disease of equines.  It can be transmitted by artificial insemination techniques and natural cover.


Until April 2011 South Africa was declared free of the disease.  It was imported with a Warmblood stallion.  In May 2011 South Africa lost its CEM Free Status with the OIE.  We need to get it back by eradicating the disease.  It has export implications at a time when we need as many factors as possible to contribute to normal export status for South Africa.  Failure to comply will result in progeny of the stallion NOT being eligible for registration in the relevant stud book.


All stallions need to be tested twice using special techniques (dry swab, no transport media) and special testing (PCR at ERC) one week apart.


Please familiarise yourself with the Procedure Manual as prescribed by DAFF. Download CEM Procedure here.

More information at www.cemsa.co.za
Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 October 2012 11:54
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The South African Equine Veterinary Association (a group of the SAVA) is dedicated to improve the health and welfare of the equid through professional development of its members, providing leadership and resources in matters pertaining to the equine industry.

Members enjoy a number of benefits:

  • An annual SAEVA conference, is held in February every year. Your membership entitle you to a substantial discount on registration.
  • A quarterly magazine, the EQUINE HEALTH UPDATE, will keep you up to date on news and scientific articles for continued professional development for the equine practitioner.
  • DVD recordings of a number of CPD events available on order.
  • Members can obtain a PDF version of proceedings of Equine Congresses from 2000 at no cost. Hard copies available on order.
  • Regional CPD workshops and events are also organised for members according to specific requests and needs.
  • Client education workshops are offered as a service to members on a regular basis.
  • Resources developed by the SAEVA, like the PRE-PURCHASE EXAMINATION forms and MORTALITY INSURANCE forms and EQUINE ANATOMIC CHART are available to SAEVA members.


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DAFF reported an outbreak of AHS to the OIE - 11 July 2013

Four horses tested positive for AHS on RT-PCR in the Melkbostrand area in the AHS surveillance zone.

None of the horses showed any clinical signs of African horse sickness.

The RT-PCR measures Ct (cycle threshold) values.

The values recorded were indicative of small amounts of target nucleic acid – they were not in the range previously found in clinical cases of AHS.

It is suspected that because there is so little nucleic acid present, attempts at virus isolation have so far been unsuccessful.

There is no explanation for the positive results as there is no history of recent vaccination.

Today DAFF reported these cases as an outbreak of AHS to the OIE – see OIE Alert below.

You will be kept informed of future developments.




African horse sickness Control measures: Immediate effect May 2013

AHS Update

African Horse Sickness Containment Zone

African Horse Sickness Veterinary Control Measures



A Thank you Letter from Professor Bruce McGorum - click here