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Outbreaks of major animal diseases such as Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE), Foot and Mouth disease, Classical Swine Fever, Avian Influenza, Bluetongue and West Nile Fever can have a devastating impact on animal and human health, food safety, the wider economy, the countryside, animal welfare, rural communities and the environment. Europe cannot be isolated from world events and any actions to reduce or eradicate disease agents worldwide will be to the benefit of all.
Effective tools for controlling animal diseases of major social and economic importance are vital not only for Europe but also for the rest of the world. The control of infectious and contagious disease can be complex with education, training, zoosanitary and other hygienic measures having an important role to play. Epidemiological assessments, economic evaluations and risk analysis are part of the approaches, which can be adopted and for which research continues to be required. In the longer term breeding for resistance may have an important role to play in disease control.

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