Belize declared free from Classical Swine Fever

16-05-2007 | |

Belize has been declared free from the Classical Swine Fever (CSF).

That news was officially disclosed by the Belize minister of agriculture, Vildo Marin, at the latest ministers of agriculture meeting of OIRSA, a Middle American international organisation for agricultural health.

The declaration has also been notified to the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Ongoing effort
The ministry of agriculture continues its ongoing effort with the Belize Agricultural Health Authority (BAHA) to ensure maintenance of this CSF free status, either through risk analysis, surveillance, emergency response, public awareness or frequent border patrols.

At the moment, only sixteen other countries are free of CSF.

Outbreaks have been confirmed throughout Central America since the USA eradicated the disease in 1978. The only countries that did not see an outbreak were Belize, Costa Rica and Panama.

Related websites:
• Organismo Internacional Regional de Sanidad Agropecuaria (OIRSA; in Spanish)
• Belize Agricultural Health Authority (BAHA)
• World Health Organization (WHO)
• Belize ministry of agriculture and fisheries

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