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Brazil reinforces controls against foot-and-mouth disease

Staff Writer |
Faced with reports of foot-and-mouth disease cases in Colombia, the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply (MAPA) of Brazil has intensified agricultural surveillance actions in Roraima and Amazonas (both states close to the country), triggering the national surveillance system.

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The first reports of foot-and-mouth disease in Colombia were communicated to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) on 24 June. In order to preserve Brazilian animals, the country has tightened inspections for animals and products that circulate between the two countries.

According to Guilherme Marques, director of the Department of Animal Health (DSA) at the MAPA's Secretariat of Animal and Plant Health Inspection, the goal is to prevent the virus from spreading.

"The situation represents a very low probability of threat to the Brazilian sanitary status, because the infections took place approximately 600 km away from our border, and there is an extensive natural barrier that protects us.”

Colombia is bordered by Brazil in the northwest of the Amazon. The outbreak is far from the Brazilian border, and the border region consists of dense forests with no livestock production.


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