Pan American Foot-and-Mouth Disease and Veterinary Public Health Center - PANAFTOSA

The Pan American Foot-and-Mouth Disease Center–PANAFTOSA–was established in 1951 based on an agreement between the Organization of American States (OAS), the Pan American Sanitary Bureau (PASB), and the Brazilian Government as the first and only FMD-specialized center of the Americas. Its mission is to provide technical cooperation to the countries of the region in the organization in the development and strengthening of national FMD prevention, control, and eradication programs.

Originally dedicated exclusively to FMD, it now also provides technical cooperation in zoonoses and food safety. The Center is located in the city of Duque de Caxias, State of Rio de Janeiro, in an old farm in the district of São Bento.