The global conference on FMD control that will take place on 27-29 June 2012 in Bangkok, Thailand, will be an opportunity for the OIE to assess the current worldwide situation, but also ask for financial support of a global control campaign, the organisation’s director Bernard Vallat told GlobalMeatNews.
“The conference will assess the situation and, more importantly, it will put forward a global control strategy. The European Financial Agency and the World Bank will be there, and our goal will be to convince them to fund the cost of global control by supporting developing countries that wish to engage in vaccination campaigns,” Vallat said.
The OIE’s director added that FMD was still a major challenge in today’s agricultural world, as only one-third of countries worldwide have been declared free from the disease by the organisation.
“We have 178 member countries, including 100 that we have not yet been able to declare free from FMD according to our official procedure. We have rated 62 countries AAA, but the other ones are B-, which means that only one-third of countries in the world can guarantee that they are free from FMD. The most affected areas are Africa and Asia, but many countries are at risk,” he said.
An FMD outbreak was recently detected in Paraguay, forcing neighbouring Argentina to declare a state of alert and enhance border security in order to protect its own bovine herd.