The president of the Brazilian Animal Protein Association (ABPA), Francisco Turra, will propose the creation of a system for the prevention of Avian Influenza among the member countries of the Southern Cone. The proposal will be presented today (19), during the regional meeting of the Association Latin American Poultry Industry (ALA), in the Dominican Republic.
The objective, according to Turra, is to propose a study to carry out a risk analysis of the introduction of Avian Influenza in the region, as established in the Sanitary Code for Terrestrial Animals of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). In practice, it will be the assessment of the risk of contagion in the region based on the flow of migratory birds, handling of containers, baggage inspection of flights from countries with an active focus on Avian Influenza, biosecurity of farms, among other points. To this end, a regional group would be formed, with the support of IICA
In addition, poultry producers in the Southern Cone will be able to carry out joint simulations of crisis management and communication, putting in place a continental contingency plan.
Turra will also present the construction of a regional information system on Avian Influenza, with the installation of a working methodology based on the OIE health information system.
“Our health status is our greatest asset, a competitive advantage that must be preserved at all costs. This proposal is a bigger step that we will take to expand our exchange of information and experiences, sharing strategies and strengthening a solid base against this disease that causes damage to several countries ”, emphasizes Turra.