Illinois Department of Agriculture - Animal Health Newsletter
Rod R. Blagojevich
Thomas E. Jennings
Division of Food Safety and Animal Protection
Bureau of Animal Health
Vol. 5 No. 2
IDOA Ready for Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD)
The Illinois Department of Agriculture has an emergency response plan for foreign animal diseases that has been adapted specifically for FMD. Under this
plan, if FMD occurs within the state, a "Hot Zone" will be established around the infected premises and all infected and exposed susceptible animals will be
depopulated with indemnity.
A "Buffer Zone" will be established around the Hot Zone. Until a comprehensive epidemiological investigation is done, the entire state will become the "buffer
zone". All susceptible animals in the Buffer Zone will be monitored, and the movement of livestock restricted.
Shows and exhibitions of susceptible animals will be cancelled, and shows of non-susceptible animals such as horses and poultry will be restricted or
cancelled, depending upon their proximity to the outbreak.
FMD has not been diagnosed in North America since 1929, and all county and state fairs are progressing with plans for this year’s events. There is no
reason to stay home from any exhibitions at the present time. However, livestock exhibitors are advised to follow basic biosecurity measures.
2001 Exhibition Regulations Changed
All sheep and goats being exhibited in Illinois must be individually identified by an ear tattoo, official metal or plastic tag, or other positive identification. They
also must be accompanied by a certificate of veterinary inspection that includes the following statement: "The animals listed above were not exhibiting
clinical signs of scrapie at the time of examination."
Poultry exhibition requirements do not apply to 4-H and FFA one-day poultry shows where entries are taken to the show and returned home the same day.
When the exhibition requirements do not apply, the entries are not inspected by an official county fair veterinarian or qualified state personnel.
Certificates of Veterinary Inspection (CVI) for Exhibition Animals
A few simple reminders to ensure CVI’s contain the proper information:
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