Verburg orders FMD vaccine

8th August 2007, Comments 0 comments

8 August 2007, THE HAGUE – Agriculture Minister Gerda Verburg has ordered that 265,000 doses of FMD vaccine be made up in preparation of a possible vaccination campaign. The ministry announced this on Tuesday evening.

8 August 2007

THE HAGUE – Agriculture Minister Gerda Verburg has ordered that 265,000 doses of FMD vaccine be made up in preparation of a possible vaccination campaign. The ministry announced this on Tuesday evening.

The minister has asked the Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority to prepare for a scenario in which cows, pigs, sheep and goats could be vaccinated against the dreaded foot and mouth disease. This measure will not be undertaken for the time being however.  Vaccination can only take place if the European Commission agrees to a vaccination plan in response to an FMD outbreak.

In case of an outbreak of the disease, not only infected livestock but all other animals within a one kilometre radius of the farm that could be susceptible to the virus are culled. Animals just outside of the one-kilometre radius are vaccinated. This procedure is aimed at preventing further spread of the virus.

A transport ban on live cattle, pigs, sheep and goats has been in effect since Saturday. Verburg announced this measure in connection with the outbreak of foot and mouth disease on a farm in England.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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