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I FEEL there should be increasing concern over the potential for geographical spread of Schmallenberg virus (SBV) in Great Britain. In the past few years we have seen incursion of three major threats to the livestock industry; namely, foot-and-mouth disease virus, bluetongue virus serotype 8 and, latterly, SBV.
In the initial stages of disease recognition and its incursion, government and its agencies have responded promptly and acted cohesively with the major stakeholders involved and have provided a central lead to the way we deal with exotic disease. Part of the responsibility faced by government for these exotic disease incursions is the development of effective strategies to deal with them and to provide a lead in developing and implementing these plans.
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