With fewer confirmed cases of late, the fear of foot and mouth disease (FMD) may have dissipated for western farmers and food producers but, without constant vigilance, the conditions remain for significant outbreaks.
Current outbreaks in southeast and central Asia and the Middle East, and reports of lax border security and reporting standards all suggest the disease known as the ‘deadliest livestock pathogen’ retains the potential to make a comeback in major meat-producing nations.
But, even with absolute discipline to the prescribed processes, the success of biosecurity initiatives remains vulnerable to external factors, such as border security and the hygiene practices of supply-chain partners and in nearby countries.
Its prevention is based on the presence of early detection and warning systems and the implementation of effective surveillance among other measures.
Beyond biosecurity, the insurance markets currently offer a variety of risk transfer options that cover infectious diseases in animals. FMD cover is available in the London market, as are versions of all risks mortality cover.