Animal Health Department
A functional Epidemiology Unit is a basic requirement for a modern National Veterinary Service to ensure national, regional and international epidemiological surveillance and collaboration as an early warning system against animal disease outbreaks. Epidemiological Surveillance also provides for transparency in the administration of animal disease control and prevention and the provision of reliable risk analysis data and information for purposes of trade. BAHA has been doing risk assessments on new animal products and animals imported from a new source. Since 2000, risk assessments were done for tilapia from Taiwan, alpacas from Chile, cattle from Mexico and Costa Rica, hides from the U.S, pigs from Mexico, goats from Mexico and ham from Italy via the U.S. Hazards for which import conditions are required are defined as diseases exotic to the country or for which a national control program exists.
The Veterinary Epidemiology Team also provides epidemiological and statistical support to other departments within BAHA and is required to prepare monthly disease reports.
Recently the unit has been providing Sanitary Information on its national cattle heard to satisfy the requirements for the trade of the live cattle to Mexico for immediate slaughter.