Subsequent to the suspension of the FMD free status of two zones on 18 September 2011 and 5 December 2011, the Delegate of Paraguay submitted a dossier on 6 June 2013 to the Director General requesting the recovery of the status of two FMD free zones where vaccination is practised in accordance with the relevant provisions of the OIE Terrestrial Animal Health Code (Terrestrial Code).
The Scientific Commission, by electronic correspondence amongst its members, considered the report and the recommendations of the ad hoc Group on evaluation of FMD status of Member Countries which met from 21 to 24 October 2013. Based on the documentation submitted and in accordance with Resolution No. 30 of the 81st General Session “Procedures for Member Countries for the official recognition and maintenance of disease status of certain animal diseases or risk status of bovine spongiform encephalopathy and the endorsement of a national official control programme”, the Scientific Commission concluded that the two zones (recognised in May 2007 and May 2011) in Paraguay fulfil the requirements of the Terrestrial Code to regain their status with effect from 1 November 2013 of “ FMD free zone where vaccination is practised” as recognised by the OIE World Assembly of Delegates in terms of Resolution XXI of May 2007 and Resolution 14 of May 2011.
October 2013/ OIE.