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Australia: Forum Takes National Approach to FMD Threat

Foot and Mouth Disease poses one of the single greatest threats to Australia's livestock industries, and an ongoing collaborative approach between government and industry is essential to ensure Australia is adequately armed against the disease.  The Australian Bureau of Agriculture and Resource Economics and Sciences estimates that direct economic losses over a 10-year period following an outbreak of FMD could range from $7.1 billion for a small three-month outbreak to $16 billion for a large 12-month outbreak.  An outbreak of FMD in the United Kingdom 10 years ago cost their economy the equivalent of A$19 billion and South Korea experienced multi-billion dollar losses from an outbreak last year.

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