Scientists warn of more disease outbreaks if vets’ labs are shut

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More than nine in 10 farms will need to have access to post-mortem facilities within one hour if the Government’s plans to change the way animal disease is monitored are to work, an independent report has claimed.

A report by the Surveillance Advisory Group (SAG) into Defra’s plans to shake-up the way diseases such as foot-and-mouth are detected said that the current surveillance network needs to expand.

Defra announced last year that the surveillance system, currently running at a cost of £10m per year would have to fall to £6m by 2014 as it wrestles with budget cuts of 40 per cent.

 

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