Onderstepoort Journal of Veterinary Research
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MODISANE, B.M.. Field services: Eradication and control of animal diseases. Onderstepoort j. vet. res. [online]. 2009, vol.76, n.1, pp. 115-121. ISSN 2219-0635.
Prevention, eradication and control of animal diseases, as well as public health assurance are major functions of veterinary authorities. The strategies to control animal diseases differ from disease to disease but are often similar on a disease basis from country to country depending on the main objective of the measure employed. These measures include among others movement control and quarantine, vaccination, treatment and mass slaughtering. However, not every country uses all these control measures at the same time. A combination of measures may be employed to avoid spreading of the disease from infected to clean animals and success is dependent on a variety of factors, including the strength and capacity of the veterinary services, cross border efforts for disease surveillance, political will, diagnostic facilities and financial support.