The Office International des Épizooties, the world animal health organisation, has declared northern Argentina (north of the 42° parallel) free from foot and mouth disease (FMD), albeit with the help of vaccination, backdated to 7 July.

The organisation’s Commission for Animal Diseases agreed in May that it would lift the region’s designation as an area afflicted with FMD, if Buenos Aires could prove no new cases or virus infection occurred between 21 May and 7 July.

The Argentine government followed through and the commission said it found the proof to be satisfactory and so has declared the zone FMD free.