Adaf rules out viral circulation of foot-and-mouth disease in Amazonas | daily life | Criticism | Amazon – Amazon

In accordance with the guidelines of the National Foot-and-Mouth Disease Surveillance Program (Pnefa) of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply (MAPA), the Agricultural and Forestry Defense Agency of the State of Amazonas (Adaf) ruled out, through a serological survey, viral circulation of foot-and-mouth disease in 49 municipalities in Amazonas. The tests involved 2,937 cattle aged 6 to 24 months.

Comprised of 12,800 active producers, Block 2 had 330 properties participating in the study, which began in September last year and ended in January this year. The last serology of this type took place in 2020, in the municipalities of block 1 (Apuí, Boca do Acre, Canutama, Humaitá, Lábrea, Manicoré, Novo Aripuanã, Pauini, Guajará, Envira, Eirunepé, Ipixuna, Itamarati and part of Tapauá), already internationally recognized as a zone free from foot-and-mouth disease without vaccination.

According to the veterinarian and agricultural inspector of Adaf, Laércio dos Reis, who is part of the Animal Defense Management (GDA), the objective of serological collection is to detect the circulation of the foot-and-mouth disease virus in the Amazon state.

“For the taking of the samples in the selected properties, the server of the Adaf, who is a veterinarian, carried out the clinical evaluation of the animals beforehand then carried out the blood sample of the cattle taken. The blood taken from the animals was centrifuged, so the serum was separated from the clot, and placed in identified tubes,” he explained.

After the procedure, the material was sent to the Federal Laboratory for Agricultural Defense (LFDA), whose headquarters are located in the city of Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul.

– With 49 municipalities, block 2 of Pnefa has the health status of a zone free from foot-and-mouth disease with vaccination and recorded a vaccination coverage of 93.76% during the last vaccination campaign against the disease. The high vaccination rate reflects the commitment of rural producers to the health of local livestock and the agricultural defense of the state.

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