Cyprus declared free of foot and mouth disease

CYPRUS has been reinstated as a state free of foot and mouth disease (FMD), having eradicated the disease from its territory, after successfully dealing with the outbreaks recorded in 2007.

”The Scientific Commission for Animal Diseases of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) has recommended to the International Committee of the OIE to reinstate the FMD-free status of the UK and Cyprus as of February 19 and 21, 2008 respectively.

The United Kingdom and Cyprus have eradicated FMD from their territories after they successfully dealt with the limited number of outbreaks recorded in 2007,” according to a European Commission press release.

It notes that, ”in 2007, the FMD-free status of the UK and Cyprus was suspended following the notification of outbreaks of FMD in the county of Surrey in Great Britain on August 4, 2007, and in the village of Dromolaxia in Cyprus on November 6, 2007, respectively. Both member states controlled and eradicated the disease on the basis of Council Directive 2003/85/EC on Community measures for the control of FMD,” the Commission points out.

In addition, the European Commission ”adopted protection measures that elapsed on December 31, 2007 and January 31, 2008 for the UK and Cyprus respectively,” according to the press release.

It furthermore notes that ”both Cyprus and the UK submitted for evaluation by the Scientific Commission of the OIE documents demonstrating the absence of infection in their territories and compliance with the recommendations of the Terrestrial Animal Health Code.”