The World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH), established the restoration of the health status of Colombia as a foot-and-mouth disease-free country with vaccination. This recognition has been reached less than six months after the appearance of outbreaks in three Colombian departments, and that the ICA, as a health authority, established the containment area to eradicate from the national territory this restrictive disease for the international trade.
With this decision by the WOAH, 29 departments with the highest cattle production in Colombia are ready to receive their authorisation from the health viewpoint. From these departments, live animals and their meat were exported to 17 international destinations, and they supplied the domestic meat, milk and derivatives market.
111 of the 117 municipalities in Cundinamarca, 118 of the 123 municipalities in Boyacá, and all the department of Arauca, and two municipalities in Casanare are excluded from this health status as foot-and-mouth disease-free with vaccination. This decision is due to these municipalities being the containment area for the disease, and this implies that no cattle or other species susceptible of being affected by the disease, such as pigs, sheep, goats and llamas, can leave these areas.
The World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH) endorses the technical rigour and transparency with which the ICA worked as a health authority when notifying the foot-and-mouth disease outbreaks in Colombia.
Monday, December 11th, 2017/ ICA/ Colombia.