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Nothing to Fear From Live Virus

15 January 2009

AUSTRALIA - There should be nothing to fear if live strains of foot and mouth virus are brought to the Australian Animal Health Laboratory for research, with the man in charge this week declaring it the safest research facility in the world.

Furore erupted late last year when deep within a report on Australia's quarantine arrangements was a recommendation to import live strains of the FMD virus so Australian scientists can test the disease and develop vaccines under local conditions.

The report suggests research could be conducted at the AAHL site, but the livestock lobby don't think the risk was worth it, arguing similar research could easily be conducted off-shore by Australian scientists.

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Source: Stock & Land


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