Stopping Foot & Mouth Disease in its Tracks
Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) doesn't exist in Australia - thanks to good biosecurity practices, proper care for our livestock and a number of initiatives in place from our national bodies.
But despite our strong border control, there is a very real risk of FMD entering Australia and spreading around the country rapidly, due to its contagious nature.
This could have potentially detrimental impacts on the nation's livestock industry, with the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) in 2013 estimating that an outbreak within one state could cost $6 billion over 10 years to manage.
This estimated cost increases significantly if FMD was to spread to other areas of Australia - rising to $52 billion over a decade.
So how can we stop FMD from entering our shores, and what are the signs to look out for?
Jess Rummery is Animal Health Australia's Biosecurity and Extension Manager for Northern Australia and spoke to Flow FM's Country Viewpoint program to explain.
If you notice any unusual signs of disease in your livestock, immediately contact the 24-hour Emergency Animal Disease Watch Hotline on 1800 675 888.