Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Foot and Mouth Disease - Australia MUST Be Prepared
It is everyone's role to be aware, especially if working in the animal industry sector, of what it is and the symptoms and an need to urgently report suspicious appearances in stock. Starting the process provides a better option in containment, if it is confirmed.
Victoria has recently held information and training sessions, and more are planned around the country.
There have been a few prosecutions of individuals over detections of breaches of quarantine recently, with items that pose significant threats around FMD. Many professionals in biosecurity are of a view that this type of problem could be an avenue whereby it would enter Australia.
While I believe most people resident in the NT take quarantine very seriously, vigilance must be maintained, and it is each and everyone who needs to be careful.
The consequences of foot and mouth disease in Australia are awful to contemplate, both for the rural industries of the NT and all of us.
More photos here - http://www.daff.gov.au/animal-plant-health/pests-diseases-weeds/animal/fmd/pic-cattle and there is more information on the web site http://www.daff.gov.au/ of it and other important animal and plant diseases.