Veterinarians and livestock producers will be our first line of defense to prevent widespread dissemination of disease agents
This resource is designed to help you recognize the symptoms of foreign animal diseases. In many cases they will resemble symptoms of more common diseases but it will be important to include the foreign animal diseases in your differential diagnosis.
If in doubt, make the call to the animal health agencies. If you err, you may err on the side of caution. If you recognize a foreign animal disease early you save America from devastating economic losses. What will your legacy be?
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Introduction of a foreign animal disease (FAD) to American livestock whether by natural causes, by accident or by an act of terrorism would have a negative impact on all aspects of the livestock industry and eventually on the national economy.
Early recognition and reporting will be the key to avoiding severe economic losses. The better we prepare, the less vulnerable we are. Every livestock producer and veterinarian must be vigilant and responsible. The state and federal response agencies are relying on you to make the call.
Texas A&M University, College of Veterinary Medicine
To report a potential emergency :