Infectious disease of livestock remains an important problem, seriously damaging rural economies, producing social disruption and impairing public trust and confidence in government. It can result in animal suffering, and potentially affect the health of humans and wildlife. Livestock disease has generally been seen as a scientific, public health or epidemiological problem, and it has traditionally remained the responsibility of scientific and veterinary professionals.
This is one of a collection of essays from the University of Warwick exploring the theme of complexity, compiled into a book entitled 'Warwick writing : complexity'. <br/>Book details : http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/newsandevents/warwickbooks/complexity/