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Notifiable Diseases

Volume 175: debated on Tuesday 26 June 1990

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To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food under what circumstances animal diseases for which there exist no practicable diagnostic tests are made notifiable; and if he will make a statement.

There are a number of factors to be considered in determining whether a disease should be made notifiable, including any implications it may have for public and or animal health and whether it is amenable to diagnosis, either in the field or in the laboratory.