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Rhodie



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PostPosted: 05/08/07, 09:42    Post subject: Foot-and-mouth Reply with quote

Geoff has suggested that Uplyme Forum goes global in the subjects discussed therein. Is there such a dearth of topic in Uplyme to discuss Question

Let’s go then with a subject that I hope remains well and truly “ Beyond the Boundary”.

The latest news suggests that the strain of Foot-and-mouth Disease found in cattle in Surrey may have originated from a laboratory run by Merial Animal Health just three miles away. This company uses the same strain of FMD found in the cattle to manufacture vaccines used against FMD. Should these establishments be located in areas that have animals that are susceptible to these very same diseases Question

Wouldn’t they be better located say in the grain growing East Anglia where it is difficult to find a cow
or sheep Question

Should Merial make a fortune out of this outbreak, an outbreak for which it may prove they were responsible Question
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geoff



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PostPosted: 06/08/07, 08:39    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good point Rhodie.

In a company whose entire business is microbiology, I find it incredible that there could ever be an escape of infectious material into the community. If this turns out to be the case, can we still be confident that other research establishments' procedures are completely secure - the MoD germ warfare labs at Porton Down for example ?

If the cause of the outbreak eventually proves to be negligence, those involved should lose their jobs and be prosecuted and the bio-security procedures at all germ research laboratories be reviewed by independant inspectors.

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PostPosted: 10/08/07, 06:45    Post subject: Reply with quote

Today brings another suspect case of FMD this time outside the existing surveillance zone. Yet we are told that the government is on top of this series of outbreaks and that we will not see the carnage that we saw in 2001. But we see footpaths still open and surrounding farms still not being protected by vaccination.

How is the government’s treatment of this outbreak different than the one of 2001?
In scale only. FMD is again calling the tune, it moves on and we follow with a cull. Surely with this disease we must be ahead not behind the diseases progress.

Why are we not vaccinating surrounding farms Question

Vaccinating now would be a relatively small operation rather than in a few weeks time. Could Merial then provide the necessary vaccine Question

The Dutch would have already vaccinated as they did early in the 2001 outbreak and got their infection under control.

Are you confident in the government's response Question
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