The United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has transferred one million doses of Classical Swine Fever (CSF) vaccine to Guatemala's Ministry of Agriculture and Food Safety. The agency sent a team of subject matter experts to assess the current CFS situation in the country and concluded that the use of much-needed vaccine would help in containing the spread of the disease, according to Dr. John R. Clifford, USDA's Chief Veterinary Officer.
The donation occurred on March 19 and was based on a request for assistance from the Guatemalan Chief Veterinary Officer, Dr. Humberto Maldonado, to help Guatemala control the spread of CSF there. The assistance provided by APHIS will help control and limit spread of CSF in Guatemala and neighboring countries. Among these countries are Mexico, currently working to control and eradicate the disease, and the United States, which has been free of CSF for over 30 years.
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