Farmers warned on disease vigilance

by 5m Editor
22 February 2005, at 12:00am

UK - Farmers have been given another warning about the need for vigilance on animal diseases, health and welfare. On the anniversary of the start of the 2001 foot-and-mouth epidemic, Lewis Macdonald, the deputy environment and rural development minister, said yesterday: &quot;We do not know from which direction the next animal-disease threat will come. It could be the global spread of an exotic, fast-moving epidemic such as we suffered with FMD in 2001. &quot;It could be resurgence of a disease we have known about for generations and thought we had the measure of. Or, and perhaps the worst possibility, a disease which moves from animals to humans.&quot; But opening a new £1.4 million SAC veterinary surveillance centre at Perth, the minister pointed out that farmers are not powerless against these threats: &quot;Our front-line defence must be unflagging awareness by farmers of any deviations from the usual health of their animals, backed up by professional advice from their vets.&quot; The new centre, and the Executive’s surveillance strategy website, will keep both farmers and vets informed on national and international disease patterns, and key warning signs and symptoms. <i>Source: The Scotsman</i>

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