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Pig movement bans may be economically damaging

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Movement bans for pigs and other types of livestock, as ways to control disease outbreaks like Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD), may prove to be economically damaging.

That conclusion was reached by researchers from the University of Warwick, University of Bristol and Imperial College London, UK. They focused on Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD), bovine TB (bTB) and bluetongue virus (BTV). They published their results in Nature Sustainability.

The United Kingdom suffered from an FMD outbreak in 2001, in which the movement of e.g. pigs, cattle and sheep was generally banned in an effort to prevent the spread of infection. Similarly in 2007, an outbreak of bluetongue virus lead to large-scale movement bans across eastern England.
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