Minimisation of the economic consequences of Aujeszky’s Disease outbreaks in the Netherlands, North Rhine-Westphalia and Lower Saxony

Brief project description

The region the Netherlands and North Rhine - Westphalia and Lower Saxony in Germany is a large production and consumption area for pigs and products originating from pig. With regard to Aujeszky's Disease the three regions have the same status: free of the disease and no vaccination. This has advantages for trade, but in the event of a re-introduction Aujeszky's Disease virus can spread more easily. With regard to control of this disease (in the event of a re-introduction) there are differences: The Netherlands relies on vaccination and no culling of animals, whereas in Germany additional culling is an option.

A re-introduction of Aujeszky's Disease will have different economic consequenses depending on location (inside or outside the affected area) and type of farm (multiplier or fattener). Also the consequences between the regions can be different, because of different control strategies.

This research will combine epidemiological and economic modeling to analyse options for control of Aujeszky's Disease in order to minimize economic consequences. The overall objective of this research is to support decision-making on control of Aujeszky's Disease in the region in such a way that costs of a re-introduction are minimized.