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Latest United Kingdom foot-and-mouth outbreak Stories

2012-11-02 14:25:57

Study considers how to manage epidemics in information blackouts When foot-and-mouth disease swept through the British countryside in early 2001, more than 10 million sheep, cattle and pigs were slaughtered to control the disease. Despite the devastation, the disease was contained within ten months in part owing to the availability in that country of finely detailed farm data, which enabled mathematical modelers to make accurate predictions about the spread of the disease and suggest...

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2008-08-27 13:55:00

Scientists in the UK have found a way to quickly identify livestock at risk from infection through airborne transmission of the foot-and-mouth virus.Combining weather and livestock information collected during the 1967 UK foot-and-mouth outbreak has created a simple risk mode, researchers said.The scientists suggest it may be possible to automate the system.The control of foot-and-mouth outbreaks is of global socio-economic importance. Foot-and-mouth is a highly contagious disease of...

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2008-04-12 00:05:00

The Bush Administration is likely to move its research on foot-and-mouth virus from an isolated lab in the Long Island Sound to the U.S. mainland near herds of livestock, prompting concerns about a catastrophic outbreak. The existing lab is 100 miles northeast of New York City and accessible only by ferry or helicopter. Researchers there who work with the live virus are not permitted to own animals at home that would be susceptible. The new site could be selected later this year, and the lab...

2006-08-21 19:41:20

BEIJING (Reuters) - China has reported a new outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in cattle in the western province of Qinghai, but it has already been contained, a state newspaper said on Tuesday. The outbreak in Huangzhong county, which was confirmed last week, resulted in the slaughter of 50 cattle, the Beijing News said, citing an Agriculture Ministry notice. There have been at least three other outbreaks in Qinghai since July. Foot-and-mouth disease does not affect humans and...


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