Socially acceptable animal disease control

The control of animal diseases is of great importance to the public's interest. Vaccination is the preferred control method against a number of notifiable animal diseases. Recently, more attention has been paid to animal diseases that jeopardize to public health (zoonoses) and require other control methods.


Animal disease control is the focus of social interest. Vaccination is the preferred control method against a number of animal diseases. Recently, there is increased attention for animal diseases that endanger human health (zoönoses). These require different control strategies.
This project is primarily aimed at policy makers from the ministries of EL & I and VWS. An integrated approach is necessary to include the veterinary and epidemiological aspects, social acceptance and costs. What requirements should be made of a robust system of disease control, taking into account animal welfare, social acceptance, cost, international trade and European regulations?
Previous results of the MAD project have led to a modification of the CSF and FMD plan and were used in discussions. Also, these results provide a scientific foundation of the Dutch animal disease policy.
Intended results for 2012:
• Evaluation of response scenarios using the ‘farm-level Q-fever transmission model’ (developed in 2011).
• Expansion to an intermediate transmission business model
• Evaluation of monitoring / surveillance, to detect newly infected farms.
• Socio-economic evaluation of Q-fever: societal impact.