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The dynamics and impact of foot and mouth disease in smallholder farming systems in South-East Asia: a case study in Laos

Author(s) : B.D. Perry, L.J. Gleeson, S. Khounsey, P. Bounma & S.D. Blacksell

Summary :

There is a general lack of data on the different patterns of dynamics and impact of foot and mouth disease (FMD) in South-East Asia and the impact the disease has on different sectors, in particular the smallholder sector in which livestock play such an important role. A pilot study was conducted of a recent outbreak of FMD that swept across the southern part of Laos during the second half of 1999. The main objectives of the study were to investigate the possible routes of transmission of the disease and the impact of FMD on the predominantly smallholder rice/livestock production system of Savannakhet Province. The study was performed by group interviews of farmers in ten villages, located in five districts across the width of the Province, and of district and provincial veterinary officials.

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