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Tips to ensure biosecurity
As the recent events with Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1) so vividly exhibited, we must never let our guard down when it comes to biosecurity for us or our animals. That said, we also must face the realization that we or our animals will get sick regardless of any precautions we take.
Maintaining a close working relationship with your local veterinarian is imperative. A veterinarian can help establish pre- and post-trip protocols, including quarantine requirements.
The Spring 2011 edition of the Colorado Department of Agriculture Animal Industries newsletter included a list of 27 reportable diseases. Acute death or exhibition of clinical signs is a justification for reporting, even prior to a positive diagnostic test.
Siebert, et.al. have written a broad overview of biosecurity issues that can be viewed at www.traill.uiue.edu/biosecurity. Some tips listed the article include:
--maintain as much distance as possible from other animals;
--minimize direct contact in wash racks and when traveling to and from pens;
--keep aisles clean;
--regularly clean pens;
--do not share animal care equipment or supplies;
-- if contact is made with other animals, wash your hands and disinfect boots and clothing before returning to your animals;
--prohibit the public from eating or drinking around animal exhibits;
--discourage direct contact of the animals by the public; and
--quarantine new, sick animals and those returning home from another location for at least 30 days (60 days is recommended for swine).
For more information on biosecurity measures or reportable diseases, contact your local Extension office or visit www.extension.colostate.edu/SEA.