Foot and mouth readi­ness

Mansfield Courier - - OPINIONS/PEOPLE -

A NA­TIONAL pre­pared­ness pl an ( Ex­er­cise Odysseus) for foot and mouth dis­ease will take place at DEPI at McKoy Street, Wodonga on March 20.

DEPI vet­eri­nary of­fi­cer Dwane O’Brien said the ex­er­cise would en­hance Aus­tralia’s ar­range­ments for im­ple­ment­ing a na­tional live­stock stand­still in the event of an FMD out­break.

“If there were an FMD out­break in Aus­tralia, a crit­i­cal mea­sure in lim­it­ing its spread would be to stop the move­ment of all sus­cep­ti­ble live­stock to al­low au­thor­i­ties to trace the move­ment of af­fected live­stock,” Dr O’Brien said.

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