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WE refer to the recent paper in Science by Charleston and others (2011) on the relationship between clinical signs and transmission for an infection with foot-and-mouth disease virus (FMDV) and to the News report of this paper in Veterinary Record (May 14, 2011, vol 168, p 498). The results presented are interesting, and provide welcome support for conclusions derived from careful analysis of the field data from the 2001 epidemic of FMD in the UK (mentioned below), but we feel that they are not the breakthrough seemingly implied in the paper and the media reaction to it. We consider that the results must be interpreted with caution and that the conclusions to be drawn are more limited than suggested.
First, the paper reports results using a single strain of FMDV (the strain responsible for the UK outbreak of 2001) to infect only one species of animal (cattle). However, and very importantly, it is well known that FMDV varies significantly between its many strains and …
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