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Brazilian states to be recognized as free of Foot-and-Mouth Disease

Staff Writer |
After an evaluation by the Scientific Committee of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), 25 Brazilian states and the Federal District are expected to be recognised as free of Foot-and-Mouth Disease with vaccination by the organisation's 180 member countries soon.

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The remaining state, Santa Catarina, has been recognised as free of FMD without vaccination since 2007).

Confirmation by the Committee should come at the OIE General Assembly in May.

According to the National Programme for the Eradication of Foot-and-Mouth Disease (Pnefa), the next big step in Brazil will be to withdraw vaccination against the disease.

As of May next year, the whole states of Acre and Rondônia and municipalities in Amazonas and Mato Grosso will begin to abolish vaccination.

It is expected that by May 2021 the entire country will no longer vaccinate its cattle, and that by May 2023 Brazil will be recognised by the OIE as being FMD-free without vaccination - the highest standard of protection.

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