The challenges of limiting environmental, human health and disease transmission risks from poultry disease outbreaks are significant, and contagious large animal diseases such as Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) represent a greater threat. Potential impacts from carcass disposal activities associated with foreign animal and zoonotic disease (transferable from animals to humans) response pose catastrophic risks
locally, nationally and globally. The economic impact of zoonotic epidemics
from 1995 to 2008 exceeded $120 billion globally.
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