Ecuador on alert for Foot and Mouth Disease after detection in Colombia

Posted on June 28, 2017 • Filed under: Border Issues, Colombia, Ecuador, Ecuador Emergency

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Ecuador will intensify the control of the sanitary guide of cattle mobilization, added the county director zone 1 of Agrocalidad.

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Ecuador has put itself on alert and takes preventive measures to avoid a possible contagion of foot-and-mouth disease detected in the department of Aráuca Colombia.

In Sucumbíos, officials from the Ecuadorian Agency for Quality Assurance of Agro-Agrocalidad, mobilized personnel to the border points with Colombia, where they began to carry out more rigorous controls.

As preventive actions, a checkpoint was located in the Binational Binational Border Care Center (Cebaf), where all types of vehicles are used to cross the border through the International Bridge over the San Miguel River, in General Farfán.

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“It took us more than 60 years to reach certification as an FMD free country, and we can not risk the virus being reintroduced to our country,” said Danny Urquizo, district director of Agrocalidad.

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Similar activities are carried out in Esmeraldas and Carchi. Attention will be paid to citizens from Venezuela, since the virus in Colombia would have been introduced from that country, said Urquizo

According to the technicians, foot-and-mouth disease virus can be transported in vehicles, products, and even in people’s shoes.

There are also controls of meat products introduced from Colombia, which do not have sanitary registration

In the illegal steps that exist along the northern border, it coordinates with the National Police and Armed Forces for the respective operations.

The country will intensify the control of the sanitary guide of cattle mobilization, added the district director of the zone 1 of Agrocalidad. Read Article

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