Updated Johne's, TSE statements adopted

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The AVMA has adopted updated position statements, recommended by the Council on Public Health and Regulatory Veterinary Medicine and approved by the Executive Board, concerning Johne's disease and transmissible spongiform encephalopathies. The Johne's statement reads:

Johne's is a disease of significant economic importance to cattle and small ruminants. The AVMA will disseminate information and encourage veterinary practitioners to become familiar with ongoing efforts to control and eradicate Johne's disease. The National Academies of Science's (NAS) report, Diagnosis and Control of Johne's Disease, indicates that currently available tests and management practices are sufficient to control the disease. The AVMA encourages the USDA to review the implementation of the U.S. Voluntary Johne's Disease Herd Status Program for Cattle and to evaluate state programs for their equivalency to the Recommended Standards. In addition, the AVMA supports research in the development of improved diagnostic tests, management practices, vaccines, and their roles in control efforts in herds and flocks.

The TSE statement reads:

Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies (TSEs) are important diseases worldwide. The AVMA will disseminate scientific knowledge of the etiology, epidemiology, prevention, and control of TSEs. The AVMA supports and encourages enhanced national and state surveillance, monitoring, and control programs. The AVMA encourages the U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to support research for the development of new rapid diagnostic tests, control measures, cleaning and disinfecting procedures, and investigation of the zoonotic potential of TSEs. The AVMA further encourages the Food and Drug Administration to provide educational materials and to monitor and enforce the mammalian protein ban in ruminant feed.