Penn State imposes biosecurity policy

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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – As a precautionary measure to protect against foot-and-mouth and other contagious foreign animal diseases, Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences has implemented a new biosecurity policy for all farm units housing livestock.

Effective immediately, visits to university dairy, beef, swine, sheep, deer and equine facilities will be by appointment only. All entrances to the restricted facilities will be posted. Managers of the restricted farm units will interview potential visitors to determine the purpose of the visit.

They also will request information to determine whether any of the visitors may have been in direct or indirect contact with any traveler from a country with confirmed cases of foot-and-mouth or other contagious foreign animal diseases.

Other steps, including protective clothing and restrictions on direct contact with animals, will be implemented as appropriate for visitors who are cleared. This policy will be in effect until further notice.

Appointments to visit the facilities may be requested by contacting the College of Agricultural Sciences at 814-865-1362.

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