Exercise will test state's ability to respond to livestock disease outbreak Lawrence Journal World An upcoming exercise on the Kansas State University campus to test state response to an viral outbreak in livestock is two years in the preparation...
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A exercise on the Kansas State University campus is doing a state testing response to an viral outbreak in livestock. One of the biggest emergency and hence the exercise, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is absent due to the federal government shutdown.Sandra Johnson, emergency management coordinator for the Kansas Department of Agriculture, said the USDA's role will be simulated by exercise participants.
It will take place at the Biosecurity Research Institute in Manhattan. It will costs more than $100,000, (much of it funded through grants from the Department of Homeland Security). It involves more than 200 people and agencies from within Kansas.
Johnson said the exercise will begin with notification of a possible instance of foot-and-mouth disease, in a nearby state. FMD is a highly contagious pathogen that can infect cattle, swine, sheep, goats, deer and other cloven-hoofed animals. It creates painful lesions for the animals and can cause them to go lame. A
No cases of FMD have been identified since 1929. Yet because of the density of livestock populations in Kansas feedlots and slaughter houses, an outbreak of FMD could wreak havoc on the state's economy.