Reprinted with permission from Biosecurity and Bioterrorism: Biodefense Strategy, Practice, and Science, Volume 5, Number 4, 2007 © Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., DOI: 10.1089/bsp.2007.0028 e
In the United States, more than 50 million live cattle, sheep and pigs, and an unknown number of the more than 9 billion chickens, turkeys, and other birds raised for food, are annually traded across state lines. Before they are slaughtered, U.S. livestock [individual animals] may travel an average of 1,000 miles.
These factors and activities may have undesirable animal and public health implications.
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