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A new foot-and-mouth disease 'roadmap'

Direct losses from FMD alone in India amount to more than US$ 4.5 billion per year (WRENmedia)
Direct losses from FMD alone in India amount to more than US$ 4.5 billion per year
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A roadmap report to tackle foot and mouth disease, the most contagious disease affecting cloven-hoofed animals, has been launched at the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The 'roadmap' recognises that current vaccines available for the disease are not appropriate for use in developing countries due to lack of infrastructure. The roadmap is expected to provide breakthroughs to reduce risk of FMD and promote effective control measures. In India, prevalence of the disease is "one of the biggest impediments to growth of the livestock sector," according to the deputy director general of animal science at the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, ICAR. Direct losses from FMD alone in India are estimated to be more than US$4.5 billion per year. The disease is also a major obstacle to productivity and market opportunities in South Asia, the Horn of Africa, and South Africa, particularly for small scale farmers. Led by the International Livestock Research Institute, the roadmap is funded by the EU and the Wellcome Trust.

Date published: May 2007

 

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