After the 2001 foot and mouth disease (FMD) outbreak in the UK, no one can be left not being aware of the severe animal welfare and economic implications. The FAO and the Paris-based World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) have launched a global control programme for FMD.
The report states that "the initiative, presented and supported at a recent OIE/FAO Global Conference on FMD in Asunciòn, Paraguay, provided for the launch of a global programme for the progressive control of FMD. It will be implemented in the framework of the Global Framework for the Progressive Control of Transboundary Animal Diseases, signed by the two partners in 2004".
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