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Early dissemination of foot-and-mouth disease virus through sheep marketing in February 2001
  1. L. M. Mansley, BVMS, MVM, MRCVS1,
  2. P. J. Dunlop, BVMS, PhD, MRCVS2,
  3. S. M. Whiteside, LCGI3 and
  4. R. G. H. Smith, BVM&S, MRCVS4
  1. 1 State Veterinary Service, DEFRA, Animal Health Divisional Office, Hadrian House, Wavell Drive, Rosehill Industrial Estate, Carlisle CAl 2TB
  2. 2 State Veterinary Service, SEERAD, Animal Health Divisional Office, Strathearn House, Broxden Business Park, Lamberkine Drive, Perth PHI 1 RX
  3. 3 State Veterinary Service, DEFRA, Animal Health Divisional Office, Barton Hall, Garstang Road, Barton, Preston PR3 5HE
  4. 4 State Veterinary Service, SEERAD, Animal Health Divisional Office, Cotgreen Road, Tweedbank, Galashiels TD1 3SG

Abstract

The results of epidemiological investigations suggest that livestock on up to 79 premises, spread widely throughout the British Isles, may have been exposed to infection by foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) virus by the movement of infected sheep before the first case of the disease was confirmed at an abattoir in Essex on February 20, 2001. A further 36 premises may have been infected by this route before the national livestock movement ban was imposed on February 23.

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