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Newcastle disease: outbreak losses and control policy costs
  1. J. Leslie, BSc, MSc, PhD1
  1. 1 Veterinary Epidemiology and Economics Research Unit, Department of Agriculture, University of Reading, Earley Gate, PO Box 236, Reading RG6 6AT


The costs of controlling and eradicating the epidemic of Newcastle disease in Northern Ireland in 1973 are presented. The parameters of the 1973 epidemic have been adjusted to simulate the effect of the same epidemic in 1997, taking into account the relative changes of input and output prices, and the changes in the structure of the poultry industry. The costs and their distribution between producers, government and the industry, in 1973 and 1997 are compared, and the costs of an alternative vaccination strategy are compared with the eradication policy in both years.

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