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Foot and Mouth Disease by suzulu on 5 August 2007 2:32am
 
We now have another outbreak of foot and mouth disease. Would you believe it, the strain is not one normally found in animals but in vaccines! The strain detected in infected cattle is identical to that used at the Institute for Animal Health in Pirbright a few miles from the farm. The vaccine batch which used the strain was being produced by pharmaceutical company Merial Animal Health.

I do hope it is not a repeat of the outbreak in 2001 when thousands of poor animals were slaughtered. It was horrendous!
 
Re: Foot and Mouth Disease by geordiegirl on 5 August 2007 5:44pm
 
It's always frightening Suze but I would really like to think govt. agencies etc. have got their act together & vaccinated, etc. as protective measures since 2001.
I hope it's contained locally, certainly. I have several more trips planned for this year & in 2001 had to change some plans (yes, poor me' those poor farmers etc.)
 
Re: Foot and Mouth Disease by tucsonmike on 5 August 2007 6:30pm
 
When I first saw the news story, I thought you poor folks are going through THAT again.
 
Re: Foot and Mouth Disease by johnnythemonkey on 5 August 2007 7:16pm
 
Geordiegirl, some of those 'poor farmers' became very rich through inflated compensation claims that you and I payed for.I know this to be true, through a family member from a farming background.
 
Re: Foot and Mouth Disease by geordiegirl on 5 August 2007 11:23pm
 
Thanks, Mike. Is it a big problem in US? I seem to remember some of your practices (can't remember details) were recommended for us in UK. So many people had a bad time, not just farmers - tourism took a major knock.And, no, no-one wants to have that nightmare image of burning animals happening again.
 



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