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United approach to disease surveillance

The government has published a report that sets out how surveillance should be carried out in the UK.

‘The UK approach to animal health surveillance’ lists the responsibilities of the government, industry and the vet profession for the surveillance of threats to animal and public health.

It focuses on the shared objectives that the devolved countries in the UK should adhere to and how, despite having national priorities, each administration should be transparent, communicate and share data.

In a foreword, chief vets Christine Middlemiss, Christianne Glossop, Sheila Voas and Robert Huey welcome the report, which they say represents a significant opportunity to reinforce the key components of a surveillance system. They said that a robust system underpins the UK’s credibility with trading partners and supports the rural economy, underpins food security and protects public health.

The full report can be …

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