Extract from the EFRA Committee Report of July 23
wishing to draw you into personalisation, which you have sought to avoid, you do
report that the Chief Veterinary Officer was aware of the lack of progress on
contingency planning. I think the Drummond Report had reached his level within
the organisation. Do you feel that greater urgency should have been shown by him
and his team in responding to that?
(Dr Anderson) Yes, I do. I
think this Report is a very important statement in the context of the history of
the epidemic. It was provoked as early as 1998 when discussions within the State
Veterinary Service raised concerns of potential weaknesses. It was published in
February 1999 and was reviewed at intervals all the way through until July 2000
without any substantial progress being made but always with calls for the need
for that progress to be made. Then in July 2000 as you know it was overtaken by
events. I think that is unfortunate. 94. Even more unfortunate when the
external warnings of foot and mouth disease spreading in Asia and Africa and the
potential implications of that were known in the veterinary community and within
the veterinary community in MAFF?
(Dr Anderson) Yes, that is
'events' of July 2000? The only item I have found of relevance at that
time was the outbreak in Greece, reported in 'The Report of the
Chief Veterinary Officer, Animal Health 2000' MAFF Publications, as
and Mouth Disease(FMD)
An outbreak of FMD in the eastern regions of
Evros and Xanthi was contained quickly through whole herd stamping out. The
first case was confirmed on 10 July 2000 on a premise that grazes in the
vicinity of the Turkish border. Further spread in Evros occurred
through common grazing and resulted in another nine confirmed cases during July
and August. Two cases recorded in August in the neighbouring perfecture (sic) of
Xanthi after personel (sic) movement. The last two cases were confirmed
mid-in Evros and were attributed to transport contact. The virus was typed as
Remember Simon Walters article in the
Mail on Sunday of 18th March 2001, on the closure of the special unit at
Tolworth to monitor animal dealings, which concluded "Industry insiders
believe a rogue dealer brought the foot-and-mouth virus in (in) a dirty
Were they right?
Or did this trigger a careless vaccine trial that went wrong ?
We do not know, yet, but
interestingly, page 47 of the same document reports an outbreak of Theilriosis
in a research Institute farm in Scotland . I quote "It is likely that
infection arose as a result of cross contamination during blood sampling of
animals which were part of the Institute's programme of research aimed at
developing an improved vaccine against T. annulata.
As the natural vector of T.annulata does
not exist in GB, spread within the dairy herd is believed to have been caused by
poor blood sampling techniques." -- presumably, economising on
No direct relevance --
I don't even know what Theileriosis is -- just an instance of vaccine research
going wrong attributable to cheapskating (and poor bio-security).