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New initiatives to fight foot-and-mouth disease

The meeting of the Executive Committee of the EuFMD was held last week in Paris. They approved their new biennial work plan for the 2010-21 period.

Wednesday 9 October 2019 (8 days ago)
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Among the activities proposed, we must highlight the improvement in the preparation for the management of health crises in the member countries, including the training program on food-and-mouth disease (webinars, online courses, drills). The reduction of the risk regarding foot-and-mouth disease in Europe through the improvement in the epidemiologic surveillance in the surrounding countries was also proposed.

Other approaches for the new period were quality control and the supply of effective vaccines against foot-and-mouth disease in the countries affected by the disease, as well as the expansion of the EuFMD’s scope of action to other cross-border diseases present in the Maghreb and adjacent regions and that, therefore, entail a risk for Spain and Europe, such as ovine rinderpest, sheeppox/goatpox, Rift Valley fever and bovine ephemeral fever.

In the specific case of Spain, the development of these activities, especially those destined to improve the systems for the control of diseases in the Maghreb countries, are very important to reduce the risk of their introduction into Spain.

What is EuFMD?

The EuFMD is a regional commission of the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) whose basic aims are to improve the responsiveness before the emergence of health crises and reduce the risk of entry and spreading of animal diseases into Europe.

Created 1954, it supports its member states in the European region (currently 36), with the aim of avoiding foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) in the region. To this aim, it carries out coordinated actions together with the European Union through the European Commission’s DG-SANCO.

Friday, October 4th, 2019/ MAPA/ Spain.
https://www.mapa.gob.es

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