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International FMD Outbreaks Spur More U.S. Preparation
USAgNet - 05/24/2010

With recent outbreaks of foot-and-mouth disease in Asia, the chief veterinary officer from the United Nations Food Agricultural Organization has asked for increased global surveillance for the devastating disease.

As a result, the pork checkoff in America is encouraging producers to elevate their awareness and to continue to follow proper biosecurity measures.

"Early detection through surveillance is critical in providing the best opportunity to limit the negative effects of a foreign animal disease outbreak on the pork industry," said veterinarian Patrick Webb, director of swine health programs for the Pork Checkoff.

With exports of U.S. Pork and pork products around 20 percent of production, it is in the best interest of all producers to remain vigilant, Webb said.

"Pork producers and swine veterinarians play an important role in knowing what to look for in a suspected case. The key is to be on the alert in order to help keep the U.S. swine herd safe."

A poster outlining the FMD symptoms producers should watch for is available through the Pork Store at pork.org.

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