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In prevention measures against New World screwworm, Belize Agricultural Health Authority (BAHA) advises farmers, animals owners to monitor animals, reports suspected cases

Posted: Monday, February 26, 2024. 5:12 pm CST.

Photo Courtesy: MAFSE

By Rubén Morales Iglesias: In the face of a New World screwworm outbreak in Costa Rica, the Belize Agricultural Health Authority (BAHA) is advising farmers and animal owners to monitor animals and report any suspected cases.

BAHA’s Technical Director of Animal Health Dr Roxanna Alvarez told Breaking Belize News the advice given to farmers is three-fold.

“One, monitor and report. We are asking them to monitor their animals and report cases of infestation by fly larvae. Two. We’re asking them to comply with regulations, especially those for the importation and movement of animals,” Dr Roxanna Alvarez.

“We also want them to participate in training and then share the official information that is shared with them through the press releases, through the posters. They can always contact their association to get more information.   

“We ask them to report any irregularity in animal health because we have a mandate to respond to that type of emergency.   

“Of course we ask them to continue complying with regulations, especially importation regulations. Apply to bring animals legally so that then we determine the health status of the country and the animal that they are bringing in.

Photo Credit: BAHA




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