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Animal Disease Response Exercise

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It affects cattle, sheep, swine and goats, which is why numerous organizations participated in an animal disease response exercise to combat foot-and-mouth disease.

While it's not a human food safety concern or a public threat, it is a major concern for animal health workers.

Foot- and-mouth disease is a fast spreading virus which can have devastating effects to Montana's livestock as a whole.

The Montana Department of Livestock and the United States Department of Agriculture conducted this simulated outbreak exercise to make emergency preparations for Montana's livestock industry and to test their response format.

"From the states perspective and from USDA and whoever else participated, it's a really good opportunity to kind of do a dry run on your response plan," said project manager Andy Fjeseth from the Montana Department of Livestock. "Also at the end of it, have that after action review like okay what could we have done better? Where are the holes at? What is it that we need to make sure we're prepared for the next time in case something like this actually happens?"

This exercise was held over the course of 4 days with participation of local and state agencies across Montana.

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