USDA announced that Foreign Animal Disease surveillance will be increased nationwide in the wake of the terrorist attacks on the United States.

“No potential FAD cases should be disregarded. Potential hoaxes should be treated as real incursions of FADs until proven otherwise,” USDA said in a memo Tuesday. “Specific attention should be directed at livestock and poultry concentration points.”

USDA instructed investigators and laboratory personnel to implement an appropriate level of personal protection when examining animals, carcasses and submitted samples until potentially zoonatic diseases can be ruled out.

“Early detection remains the key to minimizing the impact of such a disease introduction,” says USDA.

For more information call USDA, APHIS, Veterinary Services, Emergency Programs staff at (301) 734-8073, (800) 940-6524, or EMOC@USDA.GOV.

Source: American Meat Institute