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The 2021 National Vaccine Tabletop Exercise

The Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases (IIAD), a unit of Texas A&M AgriLife, and the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (CVMBS) recently hosted a virtual vaccine tabletop exercise.

The event helped animal health experts from top beef, dairy, and swine states collaborate on vaccine plans for their respective states in the case of a foot-and-mouth disease outbreak.

Foot-and-mouth disease (FMD), if it were to impact the United States, would be an economically devastating livestock disease affecting cattle, pigs, sheep, and goats. FMD does not affect human health nor food safety, but it does hit the economy hard, costing billions of dollars in lost trade.

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