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Belize Agricultural Health Authority (BAHA) works with regional partners in preventing New World screwworm from entering Belize

Posted: Wednesday, February 28, 2024. 9:47 am CST.

Screwworm – Photo Courtesy: BAHA

By Rubén Morales Iglesias: Belize Agricultural Health Authority (BAHA) has intensified surveillance measures after a New World screwworm outbreak was reported in Costa and, in its efforts to prevent the screwworm from entering Belize, continues working  closely with regional partners in regional control and eradication initiatives.

“We’re working with OIRSA (the International Regional Organization for Agricultural Health), and we’re working with SENASICA (Mexico’s National  Service of Health, Safety, and Agro-Food Quality) because they have a vested interest to keep it out of Mexico,” Zoe Zetina told Breaking Belize News.

Zetina said BAHA is updated on the situation in Costa Rica through OIRSA.

“Whenever we participate as OIRSA, we would have all the regional Animal Health Directors and all the Chief Veterinary Officers attend those meetings and that means that Costa Rica would also have their individual there. So, through that organization we all work together as a region.”

BAHA’s Managing Director Zoe Zetina


Zetina said OIRSA was formed with the objective of having regional integration to have  all countries on one track.

“They coordinate activities of agricultural health throughout the entire region,” Zetina said, adding that locally, BAHA also works closely with OIRSA, the Ministry of Agriculture, and the Belize Livestock Producers Association (BLPA).

“We are having a training session on screwworm very soon and we are targeting private vets and the poultry association for participation.”


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