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Commission supplies emergency consignment of Foot and Mouth Disease vaccine to the Republic of Mauritius

02/09/2016 - 00:00
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Commission supplies emergency consignment of Foot and Mouth Disease vaccine to the Republic of Mauritius

The European Commission is sending, as an emergency response, a total of 300,000 doses of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) vaccines to the Republic of Mauritius, in support of their FMD vaccination campaign. The Republic of Mauritius asked for urgent assistance in order to be able to tackle the ongoing outbreaks in the islands of Mauritius and Rodrigues. The vaccine comes from the EU vaccine bank. The shipment is due to be delivered within the next three weeks.

The European Commission is supporting the eradication programme since this highly contagious viral disease affecting cattle, sheep, goats and pigs represents a threat to the close-by territories, including Réunion, an overseas department of France, located west of Mauritius. The disease does not affect humans. The EU does not allow imports of live susceptible animals from the Republic of Mauritius or any of their products. Persons travelling from that country to the EU are prohibited from bringing in their luggage any meat and milk products as they may harbour the virus. Further information on FMD is available online.