Diseases need reporting

Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
Feb 7, 2005
by WLJ
The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has made available instructions to report suspected animals with Foreign Animal Diseases (FADs) such as BSE, Avian Influenza and hoof-and-mouth disease and other conditions to Public Health Veterinarians (PHVs).
These instructions (FSIS Directive 6000.1) outline the responsibilities of PHVs associated with identifying and reporting suspected incidences of FADs. Also included is a of possible symptoms—Signs of FADs list—that provides further information at both ante-mortem and postmortem inspections.
Upon inspection, Public Health Veterinarians are to consider animals exhibiting these signs as "U.S. Suspects" and are to contact the district office of the FSIS as soon as possible. Information needed on the animals includes: type of disease suspected, name and contact information of the animals producer and any clinical history of the animal.
The Office of International Epizooties classifies diseases into two lists (List A & List B), which are attachments to the FSIS directive. List A diseases are transmissible and have the potential for serious and rapid spreading, irrespective of national borders, and List B diseases are considered to be of socioeconomic or public health importance within a country. Both categories have the potential to significantly impact the international trade of animal products.
To view the directive in its entirety, go to: www.fsis.usda.gov/Regulations_&_Policies/6000_Series-Slaughter_Inspection/index.asp. — WLJ
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