Foot and mouth disease on our doorstep

Australian vets in Indonesia help to contain a FMD outbreak affecting 200,000 cattle,

calls to ban Bali holidays.

by Clint Jasper, ABC

In the winter of 2001, acrid plumes of smoke rose from the British countryside as millions of cows, sheep and pigs were incinerated in a desperate war against foot-and-mouth disease. 

As authorities scrambled to contain the devastating outbreak, people’s movements were restricted and rural areas became no-go zones for city dwellers.

International trade in UK livestock meat and dairy products was suspended, a general election was delayed for the first time since World War II and major events in the countryside were cancelled.

A FMD outbreak in northern Australia would wipe out the red meat industry immediately costing the export industry $25 billion and affect every household in the nation

The disease swung a wrecking ball through the UK economy, costing it around $13 billion and the loss of more than 6 million animals.

Australia has been free of the viral disease since the late 1800s, but it remains the livestock industry’s most feared — and potentially most costly — biosecurity threat.

Now the recent discovery of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) in Indonesian cattle has the livestock industry on high alert, with Australian vets working tirelessly to help Indonesian authorities try to contain the outbreak.

But some producers have raised concerns about how Australia will cope if the highly contagious disease gets a foothold here, warning every household in the country would be affected.  

An outbreak here would shut down Australia’s meat export industry for at least one year, instantly wiping off $25 billion of export value, according to the Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment.

Studies have estimated $50 billion in economic losses over 10 years if a medium-to-large-scale FMD outbreak were to occur in Australia.

Australia’s Chief Veterinary Officer, Dr Mark Schipp, said the national impact of an outbreak would be devastating.

“If foot-and-mouth disease were to enter anywhere in Australia, all of Australia’s market access for all products of beef cattle, dairy cattle, sheep, goats and pigs would be lost,” he said.

“It would be suspended initially, because we would not be able to meet the certification requirements of our trading partners.”

Dr Schipp recently summed up how devastating a local outbreak would be when he told Landline:

“Foot-and-mouth disease is the most frightening animal agriculture biosecurity threat to Australia.

“And for that reason, we’ve been preparing for this eventuality for many years.”

Every household would be affected

The effects of an outbreak in Australia would be felt across industries, from the cities to the regions, in every household in the country.  

In 2002, a Productivity Commission report on the impact of a foot-and-mouth disease outbreak found consumers would change their eating habits and turn away from domestic red meat.

“The volume of meat products consumed [with the exception of chicken meat] is initially likely to fall,” it said.

In regional communities, authorities expect significant social disruption and major mental health issues.

“At the individual and family level, the social impacts could range from emotional strains on family relationships to severe mental disorders,” according to Agriculture Victoria.

“Normal community activities may be affected by movement and biosecurity restriction and longer-term community cohesion may be impacted.”

What is foot-and-mouth disease?

Foot-and-mouth disease does not pose a risk to human health, and it is a different virus from hand, foot and mouth disease, which can easily spread among children.

People can become infected with FMD, but only under “extremely rare” circumstances, and they would only experience mild symptoms, including blisters and a fever, according to the NSW Department of Primary Industries. 

Livestock infected with the disease develop blisters around their noses, mouths and on their hooves, and while many animals recover from the sickness, their productivity can decline.

FMD spreads between animals on their breath, through contact with the blisters, and via infected milk, semen, faeces and urine.

However, the virus can also live on vehicle tyres, clothing and footwear, which is why concerns have been raised about travellers returning from parts of Indonesia to Australia recently.

The CSIRO’s group leader in disease mitigation technologies in health and biosecurity, Wilna Vosloo, said biosecurity authorities had to keep a constant eye on how the virus was mutating.

“Foot-and-mouth disease has seven different serotypes, and each serotype can be seen as a separate foot-and-mouth disease, and each of those can have different variants,” Dr Vosloo said. P/2

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Posted on July 1, 2022, in ABC, Agenda 2030, Cape York Peninsula, cattle, General and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 13 Comments.

  1. I smell a filthy big rat and those revolving doors between Treasonous Politicians/Governments and their Vermin Associates Big Pharma who are calling the shots and the destruction of our Democracies Globally.
    The people of Australia and the world must stop Big Pharma, Big Medicine, Big Media and Globalists et al and their almost completed control of our World via Treasonous Vermin Politicians who have hijacked our Democratic Countries and have us headed for Government Totalitarian Regimes.
    It’s always been about total control over every aspect of global populations’ lives; the Treasonous Politicians’ lust for Total Power and Control over People and money.


  2. Do cows get vaccinated?
    Perhaps they just have a case of ‘monkeypox’.
    The spread of contact via blisters rings a bell.

    CSIRO, disease mitigation, mutating viruses.
    Ho hum.

    Cows, chickens, dogs, cats….big business injecting animals too.

    How are the Australian vets containing this outbreak?
    I’m guessing it’s at the end of a needle.


  3. So they’ve turned to eliminating the four legged cattle too? What about the sheep, are they on the list too?


  4. They are warming up the people for the deliberate release here to wipe out the animals for the globalists to control all food and thus the people under the guise of climate change🤬🤬🤬🤬


  5. I am a bit surprised Cairns News has published this usual twaddle from the ABC – thus lending it credibility. As if it is some completely unpreventable event. Surely we all know that all these things are planned events. Gosh if we as Cairns News readers fall for this, everyone will!!!


  6. John Alexander

    Viruses do not exist, full stop.

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  7. There has already been at least one attempt to infect Australia with Foot & Mouth.

    A decade ago, a dead cow from Brazil was found in a Sydney urban dump. It was traced to a border location reputed to be the worst for infection. As far as I know, how it got there has never been identified.

    Quarantine Australia is riddled with crooked personnel who have already let hundreds of diseases and insects into Australia. How pet shops are permitted to carry and sell foreign animals defies commonsense.

    Whoever let these gaping holes in our biosecurity occur should be taken out the back and shot for treason.


  8. Melissa, good is definitely more contagious than evil. Unfortunately it seems we are not interested at all in Truth as our minds are closed and are overflowing with illusion and earthly distractions. Man runs away from truth like a plague and lets “governmental and $cientific authority” decide which “plague” is right for us.

    A calm mind is the cornerstone for inner peace. Inner peace is the foundation where the divine spark in man evolves into a sea of sacred golden light, consuming all misconception of matter and separated thought while soothing the turmoil of opposing content the mind has been constantly dwelling in. Love can now flow freely between the receptive heart, the soul and the now open mind, preparing the “prodigal son” to relate to where “he” belongs and most surely will feel at home for all eternity.
    No room for form does not belittle a body. It makes it obsolete.


  9. Ah finally, the future of “disease free & succulent” lab meat is just around the corner. Just make sure to save some herds somewhere, because our overlords don’t really mind the consuming of “real stuff”.


  10. I would not be surprised to find it here in NZ & in Australia given this would go along way to achieving WEF objectives – i.e. crashing the economy etc. etc.


  11. For all creatures great and small.
    Here are some words of wisdom.


    Whatever man sees, feels, or in any way takes cognizance of, must be caught through mind; inasmuch as perception, sensation, and consciousness belong to mind and not to matter. Floating with the popular current of mortal thought without questioning the reliability of its conclusions, we do what others do, believe what others believe, and say what others say. Common consent is contagious, and it makes disease catching.

    People believe in infectious and contagious diseases, and that any one is liable to have them under certain predisposing or exciting causes. This mental state prepares one to have any disease whenever there appear the circumstances which he believes produce it. If he believed as sincerely that health is catching when exposed to contact with healthy people, he would catch their state of feeling quite as surely and with better effect than he does the sick man’s.

    If only the people would believe that good is more contagious than evil, since God is omnipresence, how much more certain would be the doctor’s success, and the clergyman’s conversion of sinners. And if only the pulpit would encourage faith in God in this direction, and faith in Mind over all other influences governing the receptivity of the body, theology would teach man as David taught: “Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High thy habitation; there shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.”

    The confidence of mankind in contagious disease would thus become beautifully less; and in the same proportion would faith in the power of God to heal and to save mankind increase, until the whole human race would become healthier, holier, happier, and longer lived. A calm, Christian state of mind is a better preventive of contagion than a drug, or than any other possible sanative method; and the “perfect Love” that “casteth out fear” is a sure defense.
    (Miscellaneous Writings 1883–1896, Mary Baker Eddy, pp. 228:20–28 (np))


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