India is fortunate that it has remained, as per OIE report free from as many as 40 exotic diseases
Again, hundreds of millions of dollars were committed to research and develop every known exotic disease
There is a danger that there can be an over-reaction and exotic diseases
as the cause of death is about 2,000 times more unlikely than the readers of the Racing Post being able to predict the winner of the Derby from reading the foal crop statistics.
They said in a statement: "All organisations remain fundamentally opposed to sharing Government costs for exotic disease
surveillance and preparedness.
On Official Veterinarians, Prof Reilly said: "The threat of exotic disease
looms large at all times and one of the major 'public good' functions of the veterinary profession is in disease surveillance.
It also backed the continuation of the current system where farming representatives work with the Government to oversee exotic disease
outbreaks, which it says is both cheaper and more effective than the alternatives suggested by Defra.
If there are legal options for people then the demand for these illegal products should reduce and in turn improve UK biosecurity and reduce the risk of exotic disease
incursion," said NSA chief executive Peter Morris.
He finds that the roles, responsibilities and training of veterinarians in the welfare of farm animals are unclear, while the profession itself expresses dissatisfaction with some aspects of the Government's Veterinary Surveillance Strategy and the role of the vet in monitoring animals for exotic disease
On top of this, contingency funding to meet the expense of exotic disease
outbreaks, like FMD, avian flu, bluetongue and swine fever, would have to be accumulated for research into exotic disease
protection, also funded with levy proceeds too.
Swill feeding has the potential to cause an outbreak of exotic disease
like foot and mouth disease, which could cost the Australian economy up to $50 billion in the event of a large-scale outbreak.
Mr Benn said the new body will be responsible for dealing with exotic disease
outbreaks such as bluetongue, policy on endemic diseases such as bovine TB, advising on the payment rates for animals culled as part of disease control and controlling animal diseases which pose a threat to public health.
Many of our officials in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs' exotic disease
monitoring body claim that beef from Brazil (where foot-and-mouth outbreaks occur frequently), which has been deboned and vacuum packed, will no longer pose a threat to our livestock industry.