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Exotic diseases
‘Robust plans in place’ to protect Wales from exotic animal diseases

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‘THE potential for heavy unbudgeted costs for dealing with a disease outbreak would place an unexpected pressure on unrelated programmes and services provided by the Welsh Government. It is therefore vital that surveillance activities and contingency planning are in place with the aim of preventing, detecting, managing and eradicating disease quickly to minimise the impact on the livestock industry, the rural community and the wider economy.’

So said Lesley Griffiths, the Welsh Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs, in a statement to the Welsh Assembly on July 5. Giving an update on …

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