Animal Diseases / Disease Control / Epidemiology / Europe / Livestock / UK

Governance of livestock diseases–interactions between epidemiology, politics, economics and law

Infectious disease of livestock remains an important problem, seriously damaging rural economies, producing social disruption and impairing public trust and confidence in government. It can result in animal suffering, and potentially affect the health of humans and wildlife.

Livestock disease has generally been seen as a scientific, public health or epidemiological problem, and it has traditionally remained the responsibility of scientific and veterinary professionals. However, retrospective analysis of the 2001 foot and mouth disease epidemic has shown that there are clear, strong economic, political and legal dimensions to livestock disease. The interaction of all these dimensions creates a complexity, which is particularly apparent when policy must be formulated to control disease.

The Governance of Livestock Disease (GoLD) project in the UK studies the interaction between epidemiology, politics, economics and law in determining the patterns of livestock disease. Key features are interdisciplinarity and engagement with stakeholders.

Read more … (Warwick University)

Warwick University news item

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s