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FVE urged to support continued controls on E multilocularis

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A call for the UK to be allowed to maintain its extra controls on Echinococcus multilocularis in travelling pets was made by the BVA President, Harvey Locke, at the general assembly of the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe (FVE) recently. As Karin de Lange reports, other issues under discussion included antimicrobial resistance, veterinary education and puppy farming

‘IN an ideal world, there would be uniformity of regulations throughout the EU, allowing unhindered movement of citizens and trade. However, when it comes to disease control, surely it is sensible to do what we can to prevent the spread of disease between regions and member states as opposed to waiting until it has spread and then attempt to eliminate it.’

So said Harvey Locke, the BVA President, speaking at the FVE's general assembly, which was held in Palermo, Italy, on June 10 and 11. Referring in particular to the zoonotic tapeworm Echinococcus multilocularis (EM), and speaking on behalf of the EM-free countries (UK, Ireland, Finland and Malta), he called on the FVE to support measures to help limit its spread by maintaining controls requiring pets entering the country to be treated with anthelmintics.

‘Based on scientific knowledge of the epidemiology and life cycle of EM, we favour a time window for such treatment between 24 and 48 hours prior to entry in these member states, and that this treatment must be certified by a veterinarian,’ Mr Locke said. He urged the FVE to support this and, in particular, to help ensure that this time window was not reduced to below 24 hours. The prevalence of EM was spreading in Europe, he said, noting that, in humans, hydatidosis caused by EM was fatal in over 95 per cent of untreated cases.

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