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Topic section: Foot and mouth disease
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Foot and mouth disease
In 2001 there was a devastating outbreak of foot and mouth disease (FMD) in Britain. It resulted in the deaths of over four million animals and a direct cost to the public pu
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Cups like these were used to test for Foot and Mouth Disease.
Credit: Science Museum/Science & Society Picture Library
rse of £2.8bn. In addition, the tourism industry lost around £3bn.
Based on scientific advice, the government adopted a policy of curbing the disease by culling animals
 Based on scientific advice, the government adopted a policy of curbing the disease by culling animals, an approach that eventually proved successful.

The last major outbreak of foot and mouth disease in Britain was in 1967. Since then the numbers of animals transported around the country have increased significantly. Any delay in diagnosing FMD meant that diseased animals travelled long distances before they were diagnosed, thus spreading the disease further and faster than expected.

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Foot and Mouth vehicle wash area.
Credit: Science Museum/Science & Society Picture Library
When animals were culled, their owners received compensation – in some cases high levels of compensation – and so there was little incentive for farmers to press for alternatives to culling that would have contained the disease and ensured the survival of their animals.

Vaccination, a valid option scientifically, was not used to prevent the further spread of FMD because farmers opposed it on the assumption that the public would be unwilling to buy meat produced from vaccinated animals.


 

 
 
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