The World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) published on its official website the self-declaration of an Equine Disease-Free Zone (EDFZ) in Tonglu county of Hangzhou, Zhejiang province on Mar. 30, 2022.
The EDFZ in Tonglu has been established to facilitate equestrian competitions for the 19th Asian Games to be held during Sep. 10-25 this year. The MARA submitted the Self-declaration of an EDFZ in Tonglu County of Hangzhou, China to the OIE on Feb. 8, 2022. The Self-declaration elaborated on animal health management system in China, the development of the EDFZ, and animal health management measures in the EDFZ, among many other items.
The recognition of the EDFZ status signifies that animal disease control in China is widely recognized by the international community, which is of great significance for ensuring the success of the 19th Asian Games and increasing China’s influence in global animal health.