FMD risk in Australia ‘extremely low’ but ‘above zero’

Agriculture Minister Murray Watt says the risk of foot-and-mouth disease in Australia is “extremely low” but “above zero”.

“Especially now that this is happening in Bali, so we will continue to put in place whatever safe and practical measures that will really make a difference,” he told Sky News Australia.

He said he did not blame anyone for overreacting as he considered foot and mouth disease a “serious threat” and could “fully understand” the concerns expressed by the livestock industry that foot and mouth disease could reach Australia’s shores.

“If foot-and-mouth disease entered our country, it would bring our livestock export industry to a standstill overnight, and it would be a devastating blow not only to farmers in rural communities, but to our national economy.”