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Publication type: Journal Article
Document type: Full Paper

Year: 2015

Author(s): Herzog, U; Fuchs, K; Schobesberger, H; Köfer, J

Title: Eine ökonomische Bewertung verschiedener BSE Überwachungsstrategien in Österreich.

Other title: An economic evaluation of different BSE-surveillance strategies in Austria

Source: Wien Tierarztl Monat (102), 11-12 270-284.

Authors Vetmeduni Vienna:

Köfer Josef
Schobesberger Hermann

Vetmed Research Units
Institute of Food Safety, Food Technology and Veterinary Public Health, Unit of Veterinary Public Health and Epidemiology

Introduction The European Union surveillance measures for Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) were adapted several times between January 2001 and December 2009. Materials and Methods The economic consequences of five different surveillance strategies and their effects on trade have been mathematically modelled. Three of the five surveillance models only take the age of the animals to be tested into account. The two remaining models follow a risk-based approach. One implements the requirements of type B surveillance of the OIE, while the other represents a BSE surveillance system that detects a prevalence of 0.1% with 99% confidence. Results The various surveillance strategies are discussed with regard to OIE compliance, number of tests to be performed and resulting costs. The outcome of the analysis clearly demonstrates that a surveillance model in accordance with the OIE provisions is superior to the other options in terms of expenditure and cost effectiveness and of the international marketability of domestic cattle. Conclusions This approach allows Austria to modify its existing surveillance system to achieve an optimal cost-benefit ratio. Article 6 (1) (b) of Regulation (EC) No. 999/2001 allows implementation of this approach in many Member States.

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