Impact assessment

Improving methods in diagnosis, epidemiology, and information management of foot and mouth disease in SE Asia

Date released
01 May 2003
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Ross McLeod


Foot and Mouth disease (FMD) is a major animal health issue in Southeast Asia, causing losses due to reduced milk and meat production. Due to its highly infectious nature, FMD prevalence also impedes trade in livestock and livestock products, reducing the price and returns from livestock rearing. Additionally, the disease reduces the income of poor smallholder producers. Improved FMD control, resulting from the establishment of enhanced diagnostic capability, will reduce the negative impact of FMD.