PepRSV was detected in potato cultivars (seed and commercial plantings) in the various Provinces of South Africa. The official samples were collected after random symptom observations in the reported areas. The morphological identification of the pest was conducted by plant virologist, using RT-PCR methodology.
Surveys in other parts of the country are conducted and all other phytosanitary measures are implemented.
Removal and/or movement of host material from affected areas to unaffected areas in the rest of the Republic of South Africa is restricted in accordance with the Agricultural Pests Act No. 36 of 1983 (Act No.36 of 1983) to prevent further spread of this pest to other Provinces.