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Future of surveillance
  1. Nigel Gibbens
  1. Chief Veterinary Officer, Defra, Nobel House, Smith Square, London SW1P 3JR
  1. e-mail: nigel.gibbens{at}

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I WELCOME the letter from Richard Sibley and Peter Orpin (VR, January 26, 2013, vol 172, p 108), which further raises the future of surveillance and the benefits it provides. The letter provides real-life examples of how data gathered direct from farmers and private veterinary surgeons can be of benefit in understanding a national and regional picture of production and disease trends and their real-time impacts. I support their assertion that surveillance needs to consider wider sources of information than just postmortem examinations and lab diagnostics. …

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