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PART 1: Understanding EADs and their management

Introduction

Veterinarians inspecting a cow with FMD
Photo: Karin Morgan, Agriculture Victoria/EUFMD real-time training

Veterinarians play an important role in detecting, investigating, reporting, and managing cases where an EAD is suspected. An EAD event such as a foot-and-mouth disease outbreak affecting livestock in several states could cost more than $16 billion and have widespread impacts on animal health, welfare, and productivity, as well as socioeconomic impacts both within and outside of the livestock industry. Some EADs, including highly pathogenic avian influenza, rabies and Hendra, are significant causes of morbidity and mortality in people.

After this course you should have a better understanding of when to put an EAD on your differential diagnoses list and how to proceed with your case investigation where an EAD is suspected.