The Agricultural Colombian Institute (ICA) has released the self-declaration of the republic of Colombia as a free country from Newcastle in Poultry on July 15th.
Dra. Deyanira Barrero León, as Delegate to the World Organization for Animal Health – OIE and the veterinary health authority of the country, respectfully and formally presents the intention that the OIE – publish the self-declaration of the entire Colombian territory as free from Newcastle disease with vaccination in poultry.
Due to the disease presentation over time and taking into account that Colombia fulfills the law requirements for the epidemiological surveillance of the Newcastle virus in the national territory, the publication of the self-declaration for the absence of disease is requested. The self-declaration was regularized in the country from March 31st, 2021, because the last outbreak of the disease was detected by epidemiological surveillance in a backyard poultry flock in Malambo town, close to the Atlantic coast, on September 20, 2019. After that, all control activities were activated to eliminate the virus. Therefore, the control was effective 90 days after that outbreak.
It is considered that within the country, at least 16 months have elapsed from the last date, in which the presence of the disease in poultry was controlled and effectively eliminated, and 20 months from the last positive diagnosis to the illness.
MEASURES IMPLEMENTED FOR THE ABSENCE OF DISEASE IN THE COUNTRY:
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