August 7 2007 The CVO's answer to an urgent request for vaccination (meaning vaccination-to-live) as part of the control strategy.
As in 2001, the basic disease control policy in the event of a future FMD outbreak would be the slaughter of susceptible animals on infected premises and those identified as dangerous contacts. Slaughter of susceptible animals on an infected premises is a requirement under the Animal Health Act 1981 (following amendments in 2005), with some limited exemptions from compulsory slaughter on the basis of a risk assesment, such as for rare breeds.
But emergency vaccination will be considered if a veterinary risk assessment shows that measures additional to the basic slaughter policy were required to control the disease. The Vaccination Regulations 2006 place vaccination at the forefront of disease control policies and put in place control measures to enable vaccination to take place
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