Peru has saved $10 million US dollars annually in expenses related to control and eradication of foot-and-mouth disease.
During the 86th General Session of the World Organization for Animal Health-OIE in Paris, France, the Peruvian Government, through the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation (Minagri), received international recognition for Peru, as a country free of foot-and-mouth disease without vaccination and a country free of the peste des petits ruminants.
This describes Peru at its best in animal health in the recent years, according to El Peruano. “It is free of five of the seven diseases with the greatest economic impact recognized by the International Organization for Animal Health”, they explained.
These seven diseases are foot-and-mouth disease, rinderpest, African horse sickness, peste des petits ruminants and bovine spongiform encephalopathy (mad cow disease).
According to the Minagri, as a country free of foot-and-mouth disease without vaccination, Peru is able to save $10 million US dollars annually in expenses related to the control and eradication of this disease.
It is essential that Peru maintain this status, according to Gustavo Mostajo, minister of agriculture and irrigation. It is a guarantee for the national and international market.