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Argentina intensifies prevention against FMD from Paraguay

By Melodie Michel , 12-Jan-2012

The Argentine food safety authority (SENASA) has intensified preventive measures to avoid the spread of foot-and-mouth disease from Paraguay.

It is maintaining the state of alert declared in September and is implementing “extraordinary control measures” in border regions.

The authority has increased border control staff in areas at risk and largely restricted objects authorised to enter the Argentine territory, reminding that the country has just finalised its second vaccination campaign.

Argentina declared a state of alert in September, banning all beef and live cattle imports from Paraguay after the discovery of foot-and-mouth cases in that country. Trade destined to third countries is also banned from going through Argentina, and the sanitary authority has controlled and disinfected 396,000 vehicles in the last four months.

SENASA is working with the Paraguayan national service of quality and animal health (SENACSA) to evaluate the sanitary situation.

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