|Security Alert from the Texas Animal
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security
has elevated the terrorism threat level to ORANGE, which
indicates a high risk of attack to U.S. interests both domestically and
As a result of the increased security level, foreign animal disease (FAD)
surveillance should be increased nationwide. We encourage each of you,
whether you are involved in disease diagnosis, animal movement, or livestock
production and marketing, to be particularly aware of any indication that
could signal the occurrence of a highly contagious disease or any other
unusual or unexplained adverse animal health event. No potential FAD cases
should be disregarded. Potential hoaxes should be treated as suspect incursions
of a disease until proven otherwise. Specific attention should be directed
at livestock and poultry concentration points.
Be particularly alert to these five signs:
1. Sudden, unexplained death loss in the herd or flock
2. Severe illness affecting a high percentage of the animals.
3. Blistering around an animal's mouth, nose, teats or hooves.
4. Unusual ticks or maggots.
5. Staggering, falling or central nervous system disorders.
If you see something unusual, contact your local law enforcement authorities
immediately and notify the Texas Animal Health Commission at 1-800-550-8242
(or, if you reside outside Texas, please contact your state veterinarian's