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Densely populated livestock areas are vulnerable to the introduction and spread of noticeable animal diseases such as classical swine fever and foot and mouth disease. The main objectives of this research project were to develop methods to identify densely populated livestock areas and to develop tools that are necessary to reduce the risk and help solve the disease problems in such areas. Results of the project included software tools (GIS) and computer models that make it possible to identify high- risk areas in the EU. These areas are not necessarily the densely populated livestock areas. In addition, economic methods have been developed to specify and reduce the cost of outbreaks. Insight into reduced risk and effectiveness of control strategies can help policy-makers in the EU to find the best cost-effective measures to prevent or control disease outbreaks.

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Authors: HUIME R B (EDITOR), Department of Farm Management, Wageningen University, Wageningen (NL);WINDHORST H W (EDITOR), Institute for Spatial Analysis and Planning in Areas of Intensive Agriculture, University of Vechta (DE)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 20576 EN (2003), 234pp. Free of charge
Availability: EUR-OP reference: KI-NA-20576-EN-C Available from: Documentation Service of DG Research Fax: +32 2 295 8220 E-mail:
ISBN: ISBN: 92-894-4661-7
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