Protection against foot-and-mouth disease
The Center for Animal Disease Modeling and Surveillance
at the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California-Davis, has
launched a nationwide research study, which aims to protect the livestock
industry from the devastating effects of foot-and-mouth disease.
Researchers have asked farmers to take part in an online survey
to collect any information regarding animal
movements and husbandry practices. This information will then be used in a
simulation model to predict the duration and magnitude of a foot-and-mouth disease
outbreak. This will also help in
determining the best strategies for containment and control.
The study is being conducted in collaboration with the National Center for
Foreign Animal and Zoonotic Diseases and is supported by the USDA and the
Department of Homeland Security.
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