Blood and fecal samples of all the tuberculin positive animals along with the same number of apparently disease-free animals
and suspected cases for paratuberculosis (negative by tuberculin test but having chronic diarrhea) were collected and processed for enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) and Ziehl Neelsen (ZN) staining.
We want to eradicate diseases from this county so we can sell disease-free animals
,' he said.
He said his department has closely been monitoring the livestock markets to ensure the supply of disease-free animals
reducing the occurrence of CHD with a genetic screen to help breeders select disease-free animals
is preferable to costly surgery--a rather enlightened attitude, you might say, for someone who makes a living with a surgeon's tools.
Protection against emerging diseases depends on maintaining disease-free animals
and ensuring that systems are in place to respond to outbreaks," says Ronald L.
In the meantime there are a number of things which can be done before the end of the trial to minimise the risk of problems occurring because of the disease, for example: # Prevent the introduction of dis-ease onto the farm by purchasing/ selecting disease-free animals
as much as possible; # Minimise the contact between wildlife and cattle, for example, by changing grazing patterns; # Minimise contact between cattle from neighbouring farms.
Vaccination ultimately will be the preferred action in the face of an outbreak, but until now no effective test has been available to let veterinarians differentiate between vaccinated, disease-free animals
and those that carry the disease.
Last March government officials told Mr Cartwright more than 250 disease-free animals
- including deer, goats, horses and other animals - faced quarantine for up to six months.
I seem to recall the former Agriculture Ministry was also responsible for the slaughter of disease-free animals
due to a map reading error just a few months ago.
The government extended the overall ban on moving livestock until March 16 but at the same time promised a plan to allow farmers to move disease-free animals
under strict conditions.
The civic bodies have also been monitoring livestock markets to ensure a supply of disease-free animals