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APHIS Attends Meeting for Screwworm Eradication in Uruguay

Uruguayan authorities are studying the possibility for funding a screwworm eradication program

Posted: November 25, 2005

Dale Maki and Gustavo A. Rodríguez with Francisco Muzio, General Director of MGAP´s Livestock Services, and advisor Raul Casas Olascoaga. (USDA photo)
Dale Maki and Gustavo Rodríguez with Francisco Muzio, General Director of MGAP's Livestock Services, and advisor Raul Casas Olascoaga.

On October 25, 2005, the Ministry of Livestock Agriculture and Fisheries (MGAP) organized a Screwworm Initial Meeting to discuss a possible National Plan for Screwworm Eradication in Uruguay in cooperation with the USDA APHIS. Dale Maki, APHIS Director of the Screwworm Eradication Program in Tuxtla Gutierrez, Mexico, and Gustavo A. Rodríguez Heres, Director of the Sterile Flies Production Plant of the Mexican-American Commission for the Eradication of Screwworm; gave a presentation about the program in Mexico as well as recent experiences on screwworm eradication, followed by a technical discussion about the effectiveness of such a program in Uruguay and the region. Maki and Rodriguez were invited by the MGAP to initiate discussions for a cooperation jointed program.

The U.S.-Mexico Joint Commission for the Eradication of Screwworm was formed with the goal of eliminating the pest from Mexico and pushing the sterile fly barrier to the south. APHIS has also been cooperating with Central America to eradicate screwworm from those countries and ultimately to establish and maintain a permanent sterile fly barrier between Panama and Colombia. At this time USDA APHIS is interested on cooperating with South America countries and promoting screwworm eradication programs in this region.



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