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FMD - Vaccine to Live

Tuesday 15 March
10am to 4.30pm
Event Location: 
Moredun Research Institute, Pentlands Science park, Bush Loan, Penicuik, EH26 0PZ
Farmers, scientists, vets, processors, retailers, auctioneers, policy officials
Booking Information: 
free event - limited spaces therefore advance booking essential

Ten years on from the worst FMD outbreak in UK history, scientific experts and industry representatives attended a landmark conference held at Moredun Research Institute on Tuesday 15 March to discuss the significant role that vaccination could play in any future outbreak of disease. 

More than 100 invited delegates - representing farmers, auctioneers, food processors, retailers, scientists, consumers, pharmaceutical companies, vets, Scottish and UK Governments, devolved administrations and Animal Health– attended the conference, titled “FMD - Vaccine to Live”.

The tragedy of the FMD outbreak of 2001 left a scar on the industry that still haunts all those who were affected either directly or indirectly. The conference was a timely opportunity both to take stock of the lessons learned from that epidemic, and to look forward at how future control models may look, given the diagnostic advances that are now available and the new international and European framework for Foot and Mouth disease control. 

Should the worst happen, and another FMD outbreak occur in Scotland or elsewhere in the UK, a policy which sees animals vaccinated to control the disease and then enter the food chain may provide a viable alternative to the mass cull of animals seen during previous epidemics here. 

Breakout sessions at the conference gave delegates the opportunity to discuss the practicalities of vaccine manufacture and distribution, when and how the vaccine could be used, challenges vaccination may present to the processing industry, likely consumer reaction and impact on exports, amongst others. 

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