ES and 15 other states and DF are declared free of foot-and-mouth disease without vaccination

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They join the states of Santa Catarina, Paraná, Rio Grande do Sul, Acre, Rondônia and parts of Amazonas and Mato Grosso, which already had international recognition as a foot-and-mouth disease-free zone without vaccination.


ES and 15 other states and DF are declared free of foot-and-mouth disease without vaccination | Photo: GOV Agency

The Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (Mapa) recognized another 16 states and the Federal District as an area free of foot-and-mouth disease in cattle without vaccination. An ordinance published in the Official Gazette of the Union last week, which nationally recognizes 16 States as free from foot-and-mouth disease without vaccination.

The Fedseraçãoi units that received this declaration are: Mapá, Amazonas, Bahia, Holy Spirit, Goiás, Maranhão, Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul, Minas Gerais, Pará, Piauí, Rio de Janeiro, Roraima, São Paulo, Sergipe, Tocantins and the Federal District. They join the states of Santa Catarina, Paraná, Rio Grande do Sul, Acre, Rondônia and parts of Amazonas and Mato Grosso, which already had international recognition as a foot-and-mouth disease-free zone without vaccination by the World Organization for Animal Health (OMSA) .

The ordinance also prohibits the storage, sale and use of vaccines against foot-and-mouth disease in the 16 states and the DF from now on. Both vaccination and storage of the vaccine may be used with authorization from the Department of Animal Health of the Secretariat of Agricultural Defense of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock.

IDAF celebrated the Federal Government’s declaration that ES is free from foot-and-mouth disease without vaccination | Photo: Disclosure/IDAF

Repercussion of the Lula Government’s measure in ES

The Secretary of State for Agriculture, Supply, Aquaculture and Fisheries, Enio Bergoli, highlighted that the recognition is the result of the joint work of Idaf, linked entities and the productive sector.

“The commitment of everyone and the commitment of the State, fulfilling all the steps foreseen in the Strategic Plan of the National Surveillance Program for Foot and Mouth Disease, undoubtedly enabled the evolution of the health status. This achievement allows us to remain in the process aiming for international recognition by the World Organization for Animal Health (OMSA), scheduled for May 2025, to further strengthen livestock farming in Espírito Santo”, said Bergoli.

The general director of the Agricultural and Forestry Defense Institute of Espírito Santo (Idaf), Leonardo Cunha Monteiro, said that the State has developed significant actions over the last few years, together with the State Management Team, in order to prepare for these changes .

He also mentioned the partnership with the Emergency Fund for the Promotion of Animal Health of the State of Espírito Santo (Fepsa-ES) has also been essential. “The focus is even stronger now on surveillance work, through seroepidemiological studies, clinical evaluations and monitoring notifications. We need producers to also be attentive and included in this role of constant attention, after all, this strengthening of the sector has a direct impact on their activities, with the possibility of expanding the market”, pointed out Monteiro.

Serological surveillance

Since March 15th, Espírito Santo has been carrying out a seroepidemiological study to prove the absence of viral circulation of foot-and-mouth disease in the State. The action runs until April 1st, covering around 400 animals from 13 rural properties in 13 municipalities.

According to Idaf veterinarian José Dias Porto Júnior, responsible at the Institute for the National Foot and Mouth Disease Surveillance Program, he explained that, from now on, one of the components that needs to be reinforced is the registration update index. “The stages of updating the herd registry replaced the vaccination stages, but we have still had discreet adherence. Increasing this index is a fundamental condition for the next steps that need to be taken by the State to seek international recognition for OMSA. The procedure must be carried out in May and June and we count on the massive involvement of breeders,” he stated.

Suspension of vaccination in ES

In March 2023, Mapa authorized the suspension of vaccination against foot-and-mouth disease in Espírito Santo. The last vaccination campaign took place in November 2022.

According to Idaf’s technical director, Eduardo Chagas, it is important that breeders maintain other vaccinations and health care that do not concern vaccination against foot-and-mouth disease, which must continue to be recommended. “In addition, immediate notification is essential in case of any suspected occurrence of the disease in susceptible animals, such as cattle, buffaloes, goats, sheep and pigs. This is an important measure so that the responsible bodies can act quickly”, he stressed.

Check out the ordinance in full:

MAPA Ordinance No. 665, OF March 21, 2024

Nationally recognizes as free from foot-and-mouth disease without vaccination the States of Amapá, Amazonas, Bahia, Espírito Santo, Goiás, Maranhão, Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul, Minas Gerais, Pará, Piauí, Rio de Janeiro, Roraima, São Paulo, Sergipe , Tocantins and the Federal District; regulates the storage, marketing and use of the foot-and-mouth disease vaccine and regulates the movement of animals vaccinated against foot-and-mouth disease.

THE MINISTER OF STATE FOR AGRICULTURE AND LIVESTOCK, in the use of the powers conferred on him by art. 87, sole paragraph, item II, of the Constitution, and in view of the provisions of Decree No. 24,548, of July 3, 1934, in Decree No. 5,741, of March 30, 2006, and what appears in Process No. 21000.004376/ 2024-49, resolves:

Art. 1 Nationally recognize as free from foot-and-mouth disease without vaccination the States of Amapá, Amazonas, Bahia, Espírito Santo, Goiás, Maranhão, Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul, Minas Gerais, Pará, Piauí, Rio de Janeiro, Roraima, São Paulo, Sergipe, Tocantins and the Federal District.

Art. 2 Prohibit the storage, commercialization and use of vaccines against foot-and-mouth disease in the States of Amapá, Amazonas, Bahia, Espírito Santo, Goiás, Maranhão, Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul, Minas Gerais, Pará, Piauí, Rio de Janeiro, Roraima, São Paulo, Sergipe, Tocantins and the Federal District.

§ 1 The vaccine may be used with authorization from the Department of Animal Health of the Secretariat of Agricultural Defense of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock.

§ 2 The storage and sale of vaccines against foot-and-mouth disease may be permitted, subject to authorization from the Official Veterinary Service (SVO), in the respective States and the Federal District, in the following situations:

I – in laboratories that produce vaccines against foot-and-mouth disease;

II – in places where foot-and-mouth disease vaccines are stored and stocked; It is

III – in commercial establishments that sell foot-and-mouth disease vaccines with other Federation Units that regularly vaccinate cattle and buffaloes.

Art. 3 The entry and incorporation of animals vaccinated against foot-and-mouth disease is prohibited in the States of Amapá, Amazonas, Bahia, Espírito Santo, Goiás, Maranhão, Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul, Minas Gerais, Pará, Piauí, Rio de Janeiro, Roraima, São Paulo, Sergipe, Tocantins and the Federal District.

§ 1º The transit of vaccinated animals, destined for other Federation Units (UF) with transit through the states and regions described in the caput, must occur via routes previously established by the Official Veterinary Service.

§ 2 Vaccinated cattle and buffaloes, coming from areas free from foot-and-mouth disease with vaccination and entering through places authorized by the Official Veterinary Services of the respective States listed in the caput, are exempt from the prohibition established in the caput in the following situations:

I – intended directly for slaughter, when:

a) transported in vehicles sealed by the Official Veterinary Service or by a veterinarian authorized by the Official Veterinary Service to issue an Animal Transit Guide; It is

b) sent directly to a slaughter establishment with official inspection;

II – intended for export, when:

a) sent directly to a Pre-Boarding Establishment authorized by the Official Veterinary Service and, from there, to the place of departure from the country; It is

b) animals not exported, due to non-compliance with the requirements of the importing country or any other reason, must go directly to slaughter in an establishment authorized and supervised by the Official Veterinary Service.

Art. 4 The entry and incorporation of cattle and buffaloes in the states, municipalities and part of municipalities that make up the areas recognized by the World Organization for Animal Health (OMSA) as free from foot-and-mouth disease without vaccination from the States of Amapá, Amazonas, Bahia, Espírito Santo, Goiás, Maranhão, Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul, Minas Gerais, Pará, Piauí, Rio de Janeiro, Roraima, São Paulo, Sergipe, Tocantins and the Federal District.

§ 1 The prohibition will remain in force until the OMSA grants recognition of the sanitary status of free from foot-and-mouth disease without vaccination to the aforementioned States.

§ 2 The prohibition established in the caput excludes cattle and buffaloes from the states of Mato Grosso and Amazonas from regions recognized as free from foot-and-mouth disease without vaccination before the OMSA.

Art. 5 The following are revoked:

I – MAPA Ordinance No. 574, of March 31, 2023, published in the Official Gazette of the Union of April 3, 2023, Edition No. 64, Section 1; It is

II – art. 3 of MAPA Normative Instruction No. 52, of October 1, 2018, published in the Official Gazette of the Union of October 8, 2018, Edition 194, Section 1.

Art. 6 This Ordinance comes into force from May 2, 2024.

CARLOS FÁVARO


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