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Research article - Peer-reviewed, 2006

Risk Assessment on Foot and Mouth Disease. Opinion of the Scientific Panel on Animal Health and Welfare on request from the European Commission. Question No EFSA-Q-2004-113. Adopted 5 February 2006

Wierup, Martin; et, al


Foot and Moth disease (FMD) is a viral disease in animals that creates severe epidemics that reduce productivity and can profoundly affect the livelihoods of those rural communities that depend almost entirely on livestock agriculture. The potential impact to Europe was clearly illustrated by outbreakds taht occurred in the UK in 2001, and subsequently in other member states in north-western Europe. resulting in the loss of millions of animals at a direct cost of more than 12 billion Euro. The epidemic also demonstrated that the polictical and economi impact of the disease spreads beyong the agriculture and food industries to other sectors of society

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EFSA Journal
2006, Volume: 313, pages: 1-34