K-State College investigates eradication of FMD
Kansas State University's College of Veterinary Medicine
is sending a delegation to South America to investigate eradicating Foot-and-Mouth
Disease (FMD) in the Western Hemisphere by 2010.
Dean of the college, Ralph Richardson and Associate Dean, Lisa Freeman will
travel to Paraguay on October 17-24 to meet with Dr David Ashford, assistant
area and regional director at the US Department of Agriculture's Animal and
Plant Health Inspection Service in Rio De Janeiro.
addition, Ashford coordinates foot-and-mouth disease cases in South America and
is liaison to the Pan American Foot-and-Mouth Disease Centre.
experienced a major
foot-and-mouth outbreak in 2001 in northern Argentina, Uruguay and southern Brazil
when 20,000 animals were slaughtered. An estimated US $35 million was
lost in exports of fresh meat. Officials had established that the regional
investments in immunisation, surveillance and prevention of the disease had been
the US has not experienced any FMD mouth
outbreaks since 1929, the country is not immune to the animal disease. Diligence
must be exercised in monitoring and prevention. The cost of the alternative is
too high," he said.
With this in mind, Kansas State
College of Veterinary Medicine administrators are supporting Manhattan's bid to
become home to the National Bio and Agro-defence Facility (NBAF), which is a
large federal lab studying animal diseases such as foot-and-mouth and developing
"It would assist the college in keeping up to date with
the most recent research and preventative measures known to the USDA," according
Freeman will work on creating a system of externships and field experiences for
undergraduate, graduate and professional students as Dr Ashford is, according to
Freeman, "extremely enthusiastic about involving Kansas State University
students and industry leaders along the animal health corridor in the Kansas
City region in an effort to eradicate foot-and-mouth
Bio and Agro-defence Facility
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