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EU Plans Major Effort to Battle Animal Diseases

According to eFeedLink, the European Union  has committed over EUR 160 million (US$217.4 million) to support eradication and monitoring programs, which aim to eliminate animal diseases and zoonoses while strengthening the protection of human and animal health.

Given the serious impact that animal disease outbreaks have on human health, the economy and trade, the allocation of EU co-financing seek to assist authorities in implementing precautionary measures, disease surveillance and eradication programs, at national and European level, according to the European Commission.

Overall, 142 programs have been selected for EU funding including those for bovine tuberculosis (about US$76.1 million), transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (about US$57.1 million), rabies (US$37.4 million), salmonellosis (about US$24 million), bovine brucellosis (about US$14 million), classical swine fever (US$4.1 million), avian influenza (US$3.4 million), bluetongue (US$2 million), and African swine fever and swine vesicular disease in Italy (about US$1.2 million).

EU co-financing has resulted in a continuous decrease in the number of disease cases, such as salmonellosis (the second most frequently reported zoonotic disease in humans) and transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (a disease which affects the brain and nervous system of animals and humans).

The EU will increase the financial support in 2014 to tackle rabies and will continue to fund vaccination against rabies in the neighboring countries of Belarus, Ukraine and Russian Federation.

For the first time, the  EU will also fund vaccination against classical swine fever in Belarus.


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