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The Emerging EU Disease Threat

04 March 2009

UK - The UK is threatened by a large number of emerging livestock diseases and controlling them will take a co-ordinated European and international approach.

That was the view of Steve Dean, chief executive of the Vet Medicines Directorate, at a recent National Office of Animal Health conference.

"Preventing the spread of disease from other parts of the world protects farmers and consumers in Europe as well as in areas that are already infected," he said.

"The rapid spread of bluetongue has demonstrated the problems emerging disease can cause. When they were not protected by vaccines some sheep owners in Europe were seeing mortality rates of up to 20% in their flocks in 2007."

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Source: FarmersWeeklyInteractive


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