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Unfortunately, although a statutory requirement may improve reporting once a case has been identified, it can also reduce the number of cases presented - because of the resulting costs to those affected. This applies both to individual farmers (who fear their herds or crops being destroyed), and to governments (as was demonstrated during the recent SARS epidemic) who wish to protect their tourism, or their beef exports. For the same reason, 'notifiable' diseases are consistently underestimated by active non-diagnostic surveys, such as questionnaires.