Mark Billadeau Posted December 17, 2008 Report Share Posted December 17, 2008 DUMB!!!!!! Move the USDA research on FMD and other highly contagous pathogens from a research facility on an island to the middle of Kansas. So we're going from a situation where pathogens are separated from livestock by a body of water: We're equally proud of our safety record. Not once in our nearly 50 years of operation has an animal pathogen escaped from the island. Source: Plum Island Animal Disease Center To a situation like that in the UK where FMD "escaped" from a research facility next to farm land: 2007 outbreak. The epidemiological report, dated 29th August, concludes that release was most likely due to escape of live virus from the drainage system that connects the vaccine production plant to the sodium hydroxide treatment tanks on another part of the Pirbright site. Movement of the virus off site was most likely from movement of fomites (substance capable of carrying infectious organisms) created from soil, water or other material contaminated by effluent, and deposited on the road from which the track to the first infected premises leads. Mark Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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