Second stage of Brazil FMD vaccination campaign to begin next week

About 161 million cattle and buffaloes should be immunized
calendar icon 27 October 2022
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According to a press release from Brazil's Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply, approximately 161 million cattle and buffalo are expected to be vaccinated in the second stage of the 2022 national foot-and-mouth vaccination campaign. The campaign starts next Tuesday and continues until November 30.

In ten states, vaccination will occur in animals up to 24 months, according to the national vaccination calendar.

For the 11 states that make up Block IV of the Strategic Plan of the National Aftosa Fever Surveillance Program (PE-PNEFA), vaccination  for cattle and buffalo of all ages will begin in November. In this region, 141 million animals will be vaccinated.

The authorities have ensured that there will be enough vaccinations to cover all animals in the listed states. In addition to vaccination, producers are required to show proof to the animal health defence enforcement agency in their particular state.

Withdrawal of vaccination

After the November 2022 stage, seven units of the Federation of Block IV of PE-PNEFA - Federal District, Espírito Santo, Goiás, Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul, Minas Gerais and Tocantins - will suspend vaccination against foot-and-mouth disease. In all, 114 million cattle and buffalo - nearly 50% of the country's total herd - will no longer require vaccination.

The action is part of the evolution of the project to expand areas free of foot-and-mouth disease without vaccination in the country, provided for in the PE-PNEFA.

At this time of health evolution of the disease, there will be no restriction on the movement of animals and products between the states of Block IV that will have vaccination suspended from 2022 and the other states that still practice vaccination in the country.b

Currently, in Brazil, only the states of Santa Catarina, Paraná, Rio Grande do Sul, Acre, Rondônia and parts of Amazonas and Mato Grosso have the international certification of aft fever-free zone without vaccination.

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