Abstract

The growth in world trade has generated significant benefits to humankind, but it has also generated costs. Among these is an increase in the dispersal of pests and pathogens across the globe. International trade has been implicated in outbreaks of several re-occurring livestock diseases. This paper is focused on the risk of foot and mouth disease (FMD) associated with the international trade in live animals. A model was used to estimate FMD risk as a function of the international trade in live animals, controlling for the biosecurity measures undertaken by importing and exporting countries, and for the presence of endemic FMD reservoirs. It was found that the indirect risks associated with exports may be as great as the direct risks associated with imports. For countries where livestock production occurs in disease-free zones (with or without vaccination), the trade risks vary with both species and trading partner. These findings may assist the targeting of disease risk mitigation activities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)839-865
Number of pages27
JournalOIE Revue Scientifique et Technique
Volume36
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2017

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foot-and-mouth disease
international trade
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livestock diseases
disease reservoirs
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risk reduction
livestock production
imports
vaccination
pests
pathogens

Keywords

  • Foot and mouth disease
  • International trade
  • Risk

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Animal Science and Zoology

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Foot and mouth disease : The risks of the international trade in live animals. / Shanafelt, D. W.; Perrings, Charles.

In: OIE Revue Scientifique et Technique, Vol. 36, No. 3, 01.12.2017, p. 839-865.

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