President To Give Evidence To EU FMD Inquiry
President Ben Gill will tell the EU investigation into foot and
mouth later today that co-ordinated global scanning is needed to
provide an "early disease warning system".
Gill will give evidence to the European Parliament's Temporary Committee
on foot and mouth disease in Strasbourg this evening.
will say: "Countries and continents need to co-operate if they
are to protect themselves against diseases like foot and mouth in
future. Diseases like this know no boundaries.
is important that predictive modelling and surveillance is used
to provide a detailed and up-to-date picture of infectious diseases
around the globe as they occur and develop. It is vital that there
is co-ordination with the OIE* and other bodies so that we are not
caught off guard again."
will also speak about the need for rapid diagnosis of suspect cases
and the swift introduction of tried and tested, fully resourced,
contingency plans in the event of an outbreak.
Gill will warn: "An immediate and effective strike is crucial
in the control of a disease like foot and mouth. We have learned
to our cost the price of delay during the all-important first stages
of the fight.
on livestock movements must also be immediate."
Gill said it was important for Europe to look to the future and
to preventive measures, including a co-ordinated European approach
to protect against disease imported on products of animal origin,
particularly from areas where infectious diseases are present.
will say: "Biosecurity needs to be seen as multi-layered -
global, national, regional and on-farm."
research into effective vaccinations and sereological testing to
distinguish vaccinated animals from those naturally exposed to infection
has to continue, Mr Gill will say. He will emphasise the crucial
role of the European Parliament in ensuring this is co-ordinated
on a European if not world-wide basis.
said: "If all the concerns regarding vaccination can be satisfied,
pressure should be brought to bear on the OIE to update rules in
relation to emergency vaccination and the movement of vaccinated
added that while the committee was looking at the consequences of
the UK disaster, it should not restrict itself solely to foot and
mouth since Europe is vulnerable to a host of other animal and plant
*OIE - Office International des Epizooties, based in Paris.