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The patterns and risks for disease spreading of cattle movement in China

DOI: 10.4236/as.2013.412094, PP. 694-700

Keywords: Cattle Movement, Disease Spread, Market Value Chain, Risk Analysis

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In order to reduce the risks for the spread of disease in cattle movements, we investigated China’s cattle breeding and movement pattern, analyzed risk factors of disease infection caused by long-distance movement, explored the relevant risk management measures and conjectured the direction of cattle movement based on the regional distribution of cattle inventory and beef price. We also constructed a market value chain in live cattle movements and qualitatively analyzed the risks for unapparent infection in the process of movement. Meanwhile, we put forward a long-term policy of reducing the risks for unapparent infection and animal health supervision measures.

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