Case study: Drainage and foot-and-mouth

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    Foot and mouth disease (FMD) is a severe, highly communicable viral disease of cloven footed animals. It can have devastating impacts on both livestock and national economies; the 2001 outbreak eventually cost the UK economy £8 billion. This paper examines the latest outbreak of FMD in 2007, which is thought to have originated from the drainage system of a research facility in Pirbright (Surrey, UK), and led to the infection of 8 nearby farms. The biosecurity arrangements associated with such facilities are examined, and the importance of an efficient and secure drainage system, to the overall level of biological containment, is highlighted. Information and data gathered from four comprehensive reports is used to illustrate the most probable sequence of events leading up to the outbreak. Finally, recommendations relating to the outbreak will be detailed and conclusions discussed.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of The 34th International Symposium on CIB W062 Water Supply and Drainage for Buildings
    EditorsL.T. Wong, K.W. Mui
    Place of PublicationRotterdam
    PublisherCIB: International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction
    ISBN (Print)2070-1373
    Publication statusPublished - 2008
    EventCIBW62 International Symposium Water Supply and Drainage for Buildings - Porto, United Kingdom
    Duration: 18 Sept 201120 Sept 2011


    ConferenceCIBW62 International Symposium Water Supply and Drainage for Buildings
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


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