Notes from an emailer
"Strain on the System"
Radio Four Wednesday 5th Feb 2003
started with Herefordshire vet Peter Jinman [BVA president]
over his patch....
Farmer A. Havard told his story, lost all his cattle
and sheep, has now
restocked with cattle. It was 5 days before
carcases went on the
pyre.... FMD was diagnosed in the sheep and they
were very ill very
Andrew King IAH described
The usual "6 million animals slaughtered at cost of #8 billion"
Royal Society ...Sir Brian Follett...science available dictates the
Sue Broom asked what will be scientific changes: 1.
basic science re
more knowledge about the virus, 2. diagnostics ie method to
use on farm
would be very valuable!! 3. improved vaccines.
Dr David Paton? exotic disease control....need
'marker vaccines' as only
have antibody tests now.
Development of these
to distinguish between vaccine antibodies and FMD
antibodies is the key to
RV College...Prof Joe Brownlee...testing marker vaccines on
the moment. Not enough vets in large animal practice and
Gov. need to fund Defra properly. MAFF
computer equipment was
N/U....need good data and proper conclusions.
Mandarins should go out
into the fields and learn.
Atkinson....'disease was present before being reported' therefore
contingency plan can't deal with that,.... plus movements of
animals..... said they have started on a programme
!Globalisation increases risk! Pirbright - Paton ....difficult
disease out....world wide disease control ideal...!better vaccines!
what we have OK for emergencies but too short lasting for
Dr Andrew King...molecular science to the rescue....1.
needed, 2. manipulation of the immune system, 3.how virus
particular cells- protein molecule [virus receptor]
This way NO ANTIBODIES! to upset trade....
Sue Broom to
Brian Follett 'are you critical?'....BF 'hindsight is a
thing'....problem with intensive agriculture....quote: "I
wouldn't want to
be too critical".....on to 'this is the worst epidemic
the world has ever
Re other diseases...need overall contingency plan...he had to
word "terrorism" in re plans! mobilisation of
Research, research and more research ........
our comment...vets will end up running any farms as well as the
slaughterhouses, while we keep the scientific? researchers in a job for