FMD outbreaks were notified to the OIE in July 2017 in Colombia, previously FMD free with vaccination for 99% of his territory, putting the Latin America and the Caribbean regions under FMD alert (see first epidemiological note). A total of 3,325 livestock were slaughtered and since 20th July, 2017 no new outbreak occurred. The OIE declared the outbreaks resolved on 24 September, 2017.
While South America is reaching final stage of FMD control and aims to eradicate the disease in the region, FMD outbreaks were notified to the OIE by the official Veterinary Services of the Ministry of Agriculture of Colombia (Instituto Colombiano Agropecuario – ICA). An alert has been issued by OIRSA (Organismo Internacional Regional de Sanidad Agropecuaria) to veterinary services in the Latin America and the Caribbean. CaribVET is following the evolution of the situation and will share relevant information with its members.