The Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply (Mapa) followed, last night (23) and early this Tuesday (24), control actions at the Guarulhos International Airport (SP) to prevent the entry of African swine fever in Brazil. The airport concentrates 76% of the movement of international passengers in the country.
Brazilian health authorities are on alert after cases of the disease were confirmed in the Dominican Republic in July, confirming the arrival of the disease on the American continent. This is the first record of the disease on the continent since the 1980s, when it was considered eradicated.
For the action at the airport, there was support from the airport administration, the Federal Revenue, the Federal Police and the National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa), to facilitate the inspection of organic products, with the least inconvenience to passengers. A Map task force is inspecting 100% of Brazilian passengers coming from the Dominican Republic and Haiti.
“African swine fever has already occurred in Brazil and the arrival was precisely because of shipboard residues, which were destined for animal feed”, informed José Luiz Ravagnani Vargas, director of the Technical Services Department of the Agricultural Defense Secretariat.
The support of sniffer dogs was requested to quickly locate organic products in luggage. According to the folder, no suspicious product was found in the inspection, but in previous actions, salami from the Dominican Republic were seized.
According to information from the folder, African swine fever is a fatal viral disease for pigs, which affects both domestic pigs and wild pigs, which live free in nature. “It does not affect humans, but it can cause losses due to mortality and the costs of contingency in cases of outbreaks and blocking exports of meat products of pork origin,” said the Ministry.
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