Tuesday, August 07, 2007


Today is growing the concern about FMD outbreak(Foot and Mouth Disease) on Britain.
The main concern are about the safety level in animal disease research centers working with live material as virus.FMD is nos dagerous to population butr que question is if were a center working with avian flu material?.The ohter concern are abotu economnic damage to farmers.Certainly may be some mitigation measures but the culling of animals are a nigthmare
to many as a remember of others outbreaks.Another issue es la strong capacities of a old virus as FMD to mutate.In Medicine a high virus mutation rate maker very a not easy task find a vaccine.Some countirs take measures to limit the animal transit to his market.In USA,USDA a USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has released the following statement regarding the outbreak of food and mouth disease (FMD) in Britain that was confirmed over the weekend:
“USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is closely monitoring an emerging animal disease situation in the United Kingdom. Foot-and mouth-disease (FMD), a highly contagious viral disease of cattle, swine, and other cloven-hooved ruminants, has been detected on a farm in Surrey, England. FMD is not transmissible from animals to humans, but it does have serious implications for animal agriculture in any country where the disease is detected.
“Immediately, USDA is placing restrictions or prohibitions, depending on the type of product and level of processing, on all UK products derived from any FMD susceptible species. This includes any products already en route to the United States. All live ruminants and ruminant products are currently prohibited due to bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE). However, swine meat and by-products are now prohibited/restricted.
“APHIS has alerted the Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection (CBP) that effective August 3, the United States is placing a ban on all UK products derived from any FMD susceptible species. We will be working closely with our counterparts at CBP to ensure that these products are not imported into the United States and that travelers from the United Kingdom do not bring prohibited products back to the United States.
“USDA has a strong system in place for detecting and responding to outbreaks of foreign animal diseases, including FMD in the United States. This system begins with a cadre of USDA accredited private veterinary practitioners who partner with livestock producers and APHIS to report any suspected foreign animal disease cases to state and federal officials.
"When a possible case of a foreign animal disease is reported, APHIS works with the state involved to immediately dispatch one of more than 400 specially trained foreign animal disease diagnosticians to the scene.
“We will continue to closely monitor the situation in the United Kingdom.”
Main Source Ag Web;Today News Notes

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