From an economic point of view, animal diseases play an important role in agriculture because of the animal losses in the case of an outbreak, the costs of control measures and trade restrictions. Control measures in livestock production have in recent years been critically discussed, in particular in respect to the chances and risks of vaccination and to alternatives for culling. Analyses of the economic damage caused by and animal disease, the cost and benefit of its control are in this context of increasing importance for agriculture, politics, trade, consumer protection and animal welfare.
The Working Group Animal Health Economics at the Institute of Epidemiology of the FLI examines animal diseases and measures implemented to control them from an economic point of view. To this end, retrospective analyses of outbreaks as well as prospective studies are carried out to plan control measures under cost/benefit aspects.