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This module is designed to provide information on all aspects of foot-and-mouth disease. The initial flowchart is designed to direct the user towards different types of information. The "Disease" page contains editorial summaries of the disease from a clinical viewpoint: pictures of lesions, information on susceptibility, disease characteristics & diagnosis including clinical signs, pathological findings etc, treatment & control, including vaccination. Linked from these summaries are pages giving detailed reports from the literature, closely referenced. The "Virus" page contains similar editorial summaries of the characteristics of the virus, including the structure and identification of the virus, the host species associated with the virus, its life cycle and transmission; physical and chemical factors which affect the virus and its biogeographical - climatic range. Once again these summaries are linked to detailed and closely referenced literature reports. The other pages include:
Import and Travel Restrictions - measures taken by different countries to avoid importing FMD
National Contingency Plans
Control Options for stopping the virus spreading, including consideration of different control options (e.g. slaughter, vaccination policies, movement controls), how these options may be combined and indications of the circumstances in which different control options may be applicable.
Costs and Consequences of the disease and its control, which considers the direct and indirect financial and other costs both of the disease and of the various control methods
The final four overview pages consider:
Culling and Carcass Disposal - all aspects from deciding which animals to cull to advantages and disadvantages of burning, burying etc.
FMD Vaccination - information on the vaccines which are available, their efficacy, discussion of their use in non-domestic animals, discussion of risks and benefits of vaccination, descriptions of different vaccination programmes, future vaccine developments.
Quarantine and Disinfection provides information on everything from movement restrictions for animals, people and vehicles and the disinfectants which may be used, to the application of such disinfectants, along with limitations and factors which may reduce the effectiveness of disinfectants.
FMD Wildlife, Zoos, Pets and other Animals discusses how different wild species may be affected and/or involved in spreading the disease, together with consideration of susceptible zoo animals, vaccines which have been used to protect zoo animals, and the concerns of owners of animals susceptible to FMD.
'An excellent resume of FMD and the issues surrounding it.' Prof Ian McConnell, University of Cambridge
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