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Animal diseases can devastate farmers and entire countries. In fact, these diseases are recognized as a major reason why farmers and smallholders are unable to escape poverty in third world countries.

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Controlling disease allows animal owners to improve their health and livelihoods.

Merck Animal Health works to prevent diseases and stop their spread on the farm, outside countries and across continents. "A disease outbreak can cripple the majority of a herd or flock and lead to extreme poverty for countries where farmers depend on their animals for income," says Dr Alasdair King, Director, Intergovernmental Veterinary Health, Merck Animal Health. "Human health and animal health are completely linked. It's a fact we cannot ignore."