Bovine TB Surveillance System Set Up in Tierra del Fuego31 December 2013
ARGENTINA - The Argentine National Health Service and Food Quality (SENASA), has approved the Epidemiological Surveillance System for Bovine Tuberculosis, aimed at maintaining the health status of "Free of Bovine Tuberculosis" in the province of Tierra del Fuego and South Atlantic Islands.
The approval of the system contained in an official resolution – Resolution 29, was signed by the President of the Agency, Diana Guillen in December.
The legislation was drafted according to the guidelines that were discussed in a workshop on the epidemiological surveillance system in an area free of Brucellosis and Bovine Tuberculosis, in Rio Grande in April 2012.
It was agreed that all producers and owners of cattle should comply with the operating procedures of the surveillance system in the framework of Resolution No. 539/08 of SENASA.
At the same time a uniform method for obtaining, collecting, recording, referencing, processing, diagnostics and data analysis of all activities in the epidemiological surveillance of tuberculosis was set out.
The surveillance system for TB veterinary services allows for free communication on the situation of the disease in livestock populations and the occurrence of outbreaks in both domestic livestock and wildlife.
It sets out procedures for timely intervention in the region declared free from brucellosis and bovine tuberculosis.
In order to maintain that status, SENASA said that the rules will have to be strictly adhered to a full monitoring system set up.
The move will improve the opportunities of the food export sector and allows competition in international trade in meat and meat products, breeding, semen and embryos of different species with those countries that have eradicated the disease, according to SENASA.
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