UK Livestock Disease Nightmare Began 10 Years Ago

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This month marks the 10th anniversary since the diagnosis of FMD in the United Kingdom in February 2001.  Several 10th anniversary articles have been published recently.  Here is one that poignantly describes the pain and the resilience of those affected.

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/real-life/2011/02/19/10-years-after-foot-and-mouth-farmers-relive-heartbreak-of-slaughter-86908-22934611/

Dr. Steve Van Wie, biosecurity consultant with the AFRI biosecurity project, witnessed the pain of affected farmers first hand.  He turned his experiences into an audio-visual presentation called “Into the Valleys of Death.”  That presentation is what convinced me that we need to bring preparedness discussions to the farm level in addition to continually improving our state and federal prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery efforts.

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