Brazil: Vaccination campaign against foot-and-mouth disease extended in 15 states
The extension of the term, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the relocation of vaccine doses to some regions, was evaluated and authorized by the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply (Mapa) at the request of the producers' representative entities and approved by the State Veterinary Service.
At this stage, cattle and buffaloes of all ages should be vaccinated for most Brazilian states, according to the national vaccination calendar. In all, it is expected to immunize about 170 million animals.
For cattle raisers in the Federal District, the extension is valid until June 12th. In the states of Rio de Janeiro and Espírito Santo, the new deadline will be until June 15th and in Goiás and Sergipe, until the 18th. In the states of Piauí, Rio Grande do Norte, Maranhão, Pernambuco, Bahia, Alagoas, Paraíba, Pará and São Paulo, the extension of the term is until June 30th.
Finally, producers in Ceará will have until July 3 to carry out the immunization.
Vaccines must be purchased at authorized resellers and kept between 2 ° C and 8 ° C, from acquisition to the moment of use - including transport and application, already on the farm. New needles should be used to apply the 2 ml dose on the neck table of each animal, preferring the cooler hours of the day, to adequately contain the animals and apply the vaccine.
In addition to vaccinating the herd, the producer must also declare it to the animal health defense agency in his state. The vaccination declaration must be made online or, when this is not possible, in person at the posts designated by the state veterinary service within the stipulated deadlines.
In case of doubt, the orientation is for them to look for the animal health defense agency in their state.
Last week, the states of Paraná, Rio Grande do Sul, Acre, Rondônia and parts of Amazonas and Mato Grosso were internationally recognized as zones free of foot-and-mouth disease without vaccination. However, in the other states, vaccination should continue normally, according to the calendar released by the Mapa. ■