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‘Increase’ on exotic illness risk

18th March 2008

The risks posed to British livestock by exotic animal illnesses are on the increase, a leading vet has stated.

Dr Iain Anderson, chairman of the independent Review of the 2007 Foot and Mouth Disease Outbreak, made his comments as the findings of his investigation were published.

In addition to his statement that the outbreak last year was avoidable, Dr Anderson made a personal recommendation.

He commented: “In the light of the growing threats from globalisation and climate change, the risks posed by exotic animal disease in the UK are increasing and are set to increase still further.”

The doctor urged that an Independent Advisory Committee on Animal and Emerging Infectious Diseases be created to overcome the various boundaries in place between government departments.

Foot and mouth disease is an infectious complaint which targets cloven-hoofed animals, mainly sheep, cattle and pigs but also goats, camelids and deer.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs stated that there have been no further cases of the disease discovered since the eight confirmed animals in August and September last year.

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