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Brazil fights foot-and-mouth disease with vaccination in 25 states

Staff Writer |
In May, Brazil was recognised by the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) as a country free of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) with vaccination.

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The goal of the government is for the country to stop vaccinating thus, reaching the highest status of protection by 2021, but in the meantime the government's and farmers' fight against the disease continues; on Tuesday vaccination resumes in all Brazilian states except Santa Catarina and in the Federal District.

Farmers who do not strictly follow the vaccination schedule will be subject to a notice of noncompliance and a fine.

The Ministry of Agriculture warns that it has the means to evaluate herd immunity from blood samples and find out whether the animals were vaccinated.

"If the inspectors find that a herd has not been vaccinated, the farmer may be legally prosecuted," the ministry said in a statement.

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