The Ministry of Agriculture of Aragon urges the Spanish Government to develop a protocol for Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHE). As pointed out by the Department of Agriculture in the regional Executive in a press release, This is the ministry led by Luis Planas “with the powers” necessary to implement the action plans and approve the payment. which “complement each other.”
This disease, which mainly affects cattle and wild ruminants, is a non-contagious viral infection without transmission to humans which is incubated from mosquito bites and for which there are no authorized vaccines in Europe.
The first known cases were in November 2022 and were recorded in the south of the peninsula, as explained by the Cantavieja Beef Health Defense Association (ADS). In this sense, the Department of Agriculture of the Government of Aragon shows that After almost a year since the first case was found, “the Ministry has not activated a protocol” and from counseling they work on it “from a minute.”
“We work together to come up with solutions. At this time, livestock farmers were the center of the ministry’s concern“, clarified the Minister of Agriculture, Ángel Samper. At the same time, he added that the hemorrhagic fever has “no risk” in the human order and it is a “serious irresponsibility” for those who spread a contrary idea to comment since causing “damage” to ranches.
ADS explained that this protocol was one of the steps they requested, but they are considering it If a joint ministerial decree is issued for all Autonomous Communities, more effective assistance will be obtained facing the sector and the farmers who are suffering from this problem.
Also, they remembered that last Friday, September 8 The head of the Animal Health, Traceability and Welfare service, José Manuel Corzán, offered an informative talk to livestock farmers with the aim of calming concerns caused by hemorrhagic fever.. ADS sources pointed out that a solution is needed because the disease will continue as long as the temperature is high and the ranchers already know that the disease will continue next year. “In winter it may decrease because the mosquito that causes it remains more stagnant, but when the heat returns the insect is there again,” they emphasized.
The cows are “restricted”, but not immobilized, they clarified. Which means that They can only take animals without said disease. To remove animals from a farm, certain requirements are required, such as a responsible declaration – signed by a veterinarian – of the disinfestation of animals and vehicles to prevent disease. This certificate is a declaration of preventive measures for the disinfestation of animals and the vehicles that carry them.
PSOE demands speed
The socialist group demanded that the DGA urgently announce an assistance plan for ranchers who have declared cases of EHE. Deputy Darío Villagrasa insisted that the Government of Azcón has been in office for a month and they must do “an action plan to identify the disease or complete monitoring of each picture In addition, the socialist party requested that “meetings be held to negotiate and mediate with pharmaceutical companies so they can get the necessary treatments.”