Foot-and-mouth disease

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Term: 2014
Published: March 4, 2014
Revised: March 12, 2014

About the FMD Bulletins for Southern Africa

The FMD Bulletins are a product of the OIE Collaborating Centre for Training in Integrated Livestock and Wildlife Health and Management, and AHEAD of the Wildlife Conservation Society.

The Bulletins intend to assemble, integrate and disseminate field and laboratory information related to the occurrence, impact and management of foot and mouth disease (FMD) in southern Africa in a non-technical format. This will include ‘news’ and summaries of research findings. In due course, this service will be extended to other animal and zoonotic (infections transmissible from animals to people) diseases. Such information, it is  hoped, will be beneficial to a diversity of people — not only students and specialists in animal diseases — concerned with rural development; more particularly those involved with livestock production and wildlife management. FMD is crucial in this context because some of the viruses that cause the disease are maintained by wildlife (and are therefore difficult to manage) while, at the same time, FMD presents a significant impediment to regional and international trade in animals and animal products. The disease therefore directly impacts on bio-diversity conservation and commercialisation of livestock production in extensive systems. Both matters are vital for balanced rural development in the southern African Region.

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