Can spatial and temporal patterns of serotype-specific foot and mouth disease outbreaks in Tanzania be predicted?
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Our research on endemic foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) in northern Tanzania has shown that it has substantial consequences in traditional livestock-dependent communities, and that infection is driven by livestock-related factors even in proximity to susceptible wildlife. Prevention of infection in livestock would reduce disease impacts in these communities. Yet FMD control in East Africa is constrained by a diverse antigenic and genetic landscape (with serotypes O, A, SAT1, SAT2 and SAT3 circulating) and the lack of effective polyvalent vaccines. For FMD control in these settings, an understanding of virus dynamics over space and time is necessary.
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14th International Symposium on Veterinary Epidemiology and Economics, Merida, Mexico