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National animal health system

In an effort to monitor infectiousdiseases and other health problems of livestock, as well as their economic effects, the USDA is developing the National Animal Health Monitoring System. Pilot programs already completed in seven states have been used to refine the system, which is expected to be functional by the end of fiscal year 1988. Individual states will be responsible for collecting information for the federal government's computer system; the USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) in Hyattsville, Md., will distribute summary reports based on the compiled data. According to APHIS officials, livestock health problems cost producers an estimated $14 billion annually.
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Title Annotation:effort to monitor health problems of livestock
Publication:Science News
Date:Mar 21, 1987
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