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Mexico Contributes to CSF Control in Guatemala

by 5m Editor
3 February 2012, at 7:54am

MEXICO - The SENASICA participated in the Coordination Meetingclassical swine fever control programme in Central America, Belize, Panama and the Dominican Republic, where countries sought advice and training to strengthen their activities in the field.

Mexico is the only country in the region that maintains a vaccine bank for emergencies, which is made available to any Central American nation that needs it.

The International Regional Organization for Animal Health (OIRSA) gave recognition to the National Health Service, Food Safety and Food Quality (SENASICA) for the support provided to the Republic of Guatemala during the health emergency presented by an outbreak of Swine Fever Classic (FPC) in November 2011.

During the Coordination Meeting of the classical swine fever programmes in Central America, Belize, Panama and the Dominican Republic, the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food of Guatemala (MAGA) recognized and appreciated the effort that Mexico has made to support the control of health emergency.

SENASICA provided technical assistance to the Guatemalan border through intensified surveillance and offered a mobile laboratory that is currently in the border town of Metapa, Chiapas.

The Director of Animal Health of Guatemala, Humberto Maldonado, and the Regional Coordinator OIRSA Animal Health, Abelardo de Gracia, presented the Director General of Animal Health SENASICA Hugo Sanchez Fragoso, a plaque to express thanks.

The meeting was held in Managua, Nicaragua and Guatemala's health authorities said the disease outbreak is already in control and that the entire pig population has been vaccinated in Guatemala, with exception of the Peten region.

The meeting also pledged to promptly notify the countries of the region, especially its neighbors, on any emergency that might arise.

The representatives of the invited countries conducted a technical analysis of the measures implemented by the Guatemalan health authorities and organized producers, represented by the Association of Pork Producers of Guatemala (APOGUA).

Mexico presented the strategy applied in the country for disease surveillance in the participating producers. The model was received with much interest, so that countries in the area requested advice and training to strengthen their national activities in the area of ??swine health, particularly in regard to the FPC.

Further Reading

- Find out more information on classical swine fever by clicking here.