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Zoosanitary Alert for Swine Fever

Panama banned the importation of live swine, genetic material and any food product or by-product from countries affected by African Swine Fever.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

On September 3, Resolution No. OAL-086-ADM-2019, published in the Official Journal, decreed an animal health alert against the risks of introduction into the country of African Swine Fever (ASF). See full Resolution.

This alert reinforces control measures at airports, ports and borders to prevent entry into Panamanian soil. In addition, prevention measures in the country will be reinforced through measures such as prohibiting the execution of different auctions where pigs are sold and increasing surveillance in the facilities of small producers, informed the Ministry of Agricultural Development.

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The statement states that "... This declaration of alert will also be strengthened by issuing instructions to ensure the incineration or proper disposal of aircraft waste, garbage from ships in ports and transport entering land borders, this through the direction of Agricultural Quarantine."

This measure comes after the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) in June of this year called for strengthening animal health and strengthening public and private veterinary services in Member States to prevent the reappearance of African Swine Fever (ASF) in the region.



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