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Exercise will test preparedness for disease outbreak

Kansas Livestock Association will participate in an emergency preparedness exercise to test the state’s response plan to a foreign animal disease. Led by the Kansas Department of Agriculture, the two-day functional exercise will take place Oct. 9 to 10 and be based at the Biosecurity Research Institute on the Kansas State University campus.

More than 200 individuals from state agencies, federal and local government, the livestock industry and universities will practice responding to a hypothetical Foot and Mouth Disease outbreak in the U.S. The purpose is to evaluate the response plan and any revisions added since the last test exercise was conducted in 2009.

Last confirmed in the U.S. in 1929, FMD is a highly contagious disease of cattle, sheep, swine, goats and other cloven-hoofed animals. It is not a human food safety concern or public health threat. The disease would have devastating economic consequences due to disrupted livestock trade.

The exercise will involve a simulated disease outbreak. It should not be construed as a real event.

Date: 10/07/2013

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