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Foot-and-mouth disease in the Malaysia–Thailand–Burma peninsula: addressing disease at the source

Cocks, P., Robertson, I.ORCID: 0000-0002-4255-4752, Abilia, R., Black, P. and Edwards, J. (2012) Foot-and-mouth disease in the Malaysia–Thailand–Burma peninsula: addressing disease at the source. In: Adams L.B., Gray G.D and Murray G. (eds) 2012. Animal biosecurity in the Mekong: future directions for research and development. Proceedings of a workshop, 10 - 13 August, Siem Reap, Cambodia pp. 104-107.

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The Malaysia–Thailand–Myanmar (Burma) (MTM) zone was established in 2003 following a decision by the South-East Asia Foot-and-Mouth Disease Campaign (SEAFMD) in 2001 to establish a foot-and-mouth disease (FMD)-free zone within South-East Asia as an effective way to control FMD in the region. The MTM peninsula was selected based on favourable geographic features (Banks 2004) and strong political support from the proposed member countries.

The MTM zone comprises the southern division of Burma, regions eight and nine of Thailand and the whole of Peninsular Malaysia (see Figure 1) (Turton 2004). As a prototype for later zoning initiatives in the region, the MTM is an important component of the SEAFMD campaign. However, almost 10 years since the MTM zone was conceptualised, FMD continues to occur on a regular basis throughout much of the zone (OIE 2010).

The aim of the research reported here is to build on existing knowledge of FMD in the region by considering the epidemiology of FMD in the zone, why disease control efforts have been unsuccessful thus far, factors that threaten the success of the zone and ways in which the disease might be controlled more successfully in the future.

Item Type: Conference Paper
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
Publisher: ACIAR
Copyright: © Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) 2012
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