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Northern Ireland to seek Officially Brucellosis Free status

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OFFICIALS in Northern Ireland are to begin the formal process of applying to the European Commission for Officially Brucellosis Free (OBF) status for Northern Ireland after ‘excellent progress’ in its efforts to eradicate the disease.

Speaking on February 27, Michelle O'Neill, Northern Ireland's agriculture minister, said that, from midnight on February 28, it would be three years since the last confirmed case of brucellosis in Northern Ireland. Under European legislation, countries can apply for OBF status if they have a three-year period without a confirmed outbreak of brucellosis and have 99.8 per cent of herds brucellosis-free each year for five consecutive years. Northern Ireland first achieved the 99.8 per cent of herds brucellosis-free in 2009 and has met this criterion each year since.

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