New Video Details Vehicle Cleaning Protocol To Protect Against A FAD
A new video is available that demonstrates how to set up a vehicle cleaning and disinfection corridor to protect livestock producers’ farms and neighboring farms during a foreign animal disease (FAD) outbreak
Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig has announced that the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, in partnership with Iowa State University, has developed the video, according to a news release from the Department of Agriculture. This is one of the steps the department is taking to prepare livestock producers, veterinarians and other members of the livestock industry for a potential FAD outbreak.
All vehicles, trucks, trailers and equipment entering or exiting a farm during a FAD outbreak should be properly cleaned and disinfected to help prevent pathogens from spreading to other locations and livestock.
“Practicing proper biosecurity on livestock farms every day is the best way to protect animal health, and biosecurity becomes even more important during a foreign animal disease outbreak,” says Secretary Naig in the release. “This video is one of many resources the department has created to help livestock producers plan and prepare for a foreign animal disease outbreak so they can respond more effectively, if an outbreak occurs.”
The video, titled “Setting Up and Operating a Cleaning and Disinfection Station,” is a free resource. It is available on the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship biosecurity web page.
The video details:
• How to select the location and prepare a decontamination corridor
• What items are needed to operate a cleaning and disinfection station
• What to do when a vehicle arrives at the farm
• How vehicles should enter the decontamination corridor
• How vehicles should leave a farm directly impacted by a FAD
• How to disinfect the decontamination corridor
• How to protect personnel
• How to properly remove personal protective equipment (PPE)
• How to plan for inclement weather
The Iowa Department of Agriculture produced this video using the Foreign Animal Disease Preparedness and Response Fund (163.3B), provided by the Iowa Legislature to protect the state’s food animal production and economy, the release says.