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Georgia joins the European Commission for the control of foot-and-mouth disease

09/08/2013 - 

Georgia became the 37th member of the the European Commission for the control of Foot-and-Mouth Disease (EuFMD) last July 2013. This recent addition marks a new and proactive stage for Georgia in the country’s efforts to control transboundary animal diseases.

EuFMD, one of FAO’s oldest Commissions, was established in 1954 to coordinate foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) control within Europe at a time when the disease was ravaging the continent.Under the legal framework of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and with funding from the European Union, EuFMD provided the Transcaucasus region (i.e. Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan) with vaccines from 1998 to 2012 to lower the risk of the disease spreading.

Georgia shares borders with four countries in which FMD is still active, which increases the threat of an epidemic affecting Georgia’s growing livestock sector.