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Publication Of Biosecurity Guidance To Prevent Spread Of Animal Diseases

by 5m Editor
2 July 2003, at 12:00am

UK - The Government has published a paper on biosecurity guidance as part of its requirement under the Animal Health Act 2002.

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The biosecurity guidance, which covers England and Wales, means that all parts of the Act are now in force and provides the Government with a wider range of tools with which to fight any future Foot-and-Mouth Disease outbreak.

The guidance is aimed at all owners of livestock and anybody who comes into contact with or visits premises with farm animals.

Among the key messages put forward in the paper are that -

  • disease is not always apparent, especially in its early stages.
  • livestock keepers and visitors should make sure they are clean particularly if handling animals and moving between different premises.

Anyone visiting premises with farm animals and not carrying out effective biosecurity measures when entering or leaving runs the risk of spreading animal diseases and other infections.

For more information on this biosecurity guide CLICK HERE

Source: DEFRA - 1st July 2003

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