The Americas would eliminate foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) in less than 10 years, said World Organization for Animal Health chief Bernard Vallat.
"It is clear that in less than 10 years, the Americas will be a continent free of FMD without vaccination," Vallat told the press at the 12th Regional Conference of the Americas.
He said the fight in the Americas against the highly contagious FMD, which affects cattle, pigs, deer and other cloven-hoofed animals, would set an example and "give some encouragement to the continents infested with this disease."
Vallat believed the Americas, with political will and necessary resources, can realize eradication of the disease.
But a report warns that Ecuador and Venezuela remain endemic countries. It also says Bolivia still faces "structural deficiencies" to eliminate the disease.
Reprinted in part from Xinhuanet.com