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06/06/2018

Ecuador launches the first phase of foot-and-mouth disease vaccinations

More than 4 million cattle will be vaccinated throughout the country, except the Galapagos Islands.

Burning cattle affected by foot-and-mouth disease.
The first phase of a vaccination campaign against foot-and-mouth disease is being developed in Ecuador, which will continue until July 18th. The initiative plans to inoculate four and a half million head of cattle throughout the territory.
 
The process is necessary to maintain FMD-free status with vaccinations, a condition that Quito has had since 2015 and was ratified by the World Organization for Animal Health.

The cost of each vaccine is USD $2 per animal, which is reduced to 0.60 cents thanks to a government subsidy. Vaccination is mandatory under threat of a USD $386 penalty.
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