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This subject focuses on highly contagious livestock epidemics.
Several diseases of domestic mammals are recognised to be of particular importance, due especially to high rates of transmission and/or morbidity and mortality. These include the “vesicular diseases”: foot-and-mouth disease (FMD), Vesicular Stomatitis (VS), and Swine Vesicular Disease (SVD), and two serious diseases of swine: classical swine fever (CSF) and African swine fever (ASF). These diseases have been responsible for two of the most serious animal disease outbreaks in recent time, viz. the CSF epidemic in the Netherlands in 1997-98 and the FMD epidemic in the UK in 2001.
This subject will use online lecture notes and study materials to provide students with an in-depth understanding of the course of several historical vesicular disease epidemics, including the practical diagnostic challenges presented during them. Accordingly, it will deepen the understanding gained from VETS90083 Selection & Interpretation of Lab Tests and VETS90086 Epidemiology of Epidemics.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, students will have gained:
- A comprehensive understanding of epidemiology and diagnosis of several important epidemic diseases of farm animals
- An in-depth familiarity of the literature describing the events of some of the epidemics of these diseases, inter alia CSF in the Netherlands (1997-98), FMD in the UK (1967-68 and 2001), ASF in Spain (1992) and its more recent incursion into Georgia and VS in the USA (1995 – 2005)
- A capability to make a retrospective critical evaluation of the management of a major animal disease epidemics, including timeliness of the early diagnosis, outbreak response co-ordination, information management, and maintenance of public goodwill
On completion of this subject, students should have developed their:
- Ability to critically interpret the scientific literature describing historical animal disease epidemics
- Ability to read and write reports critically evaluating the management of a major animal disease epidemics
Last updated: 3 November 2022