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UK hit with EU ban after foot-and-mouth outbreak

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UK hit with EU ban after foot-and-mouth outbreak


The EU has reportedly banned animal exports from Britain after the discovery of foot-and-mouth disease on a farm in southern England. British authorities are battling to prevent the outbreak spreading, as it did in 2001 with devastating consequences for the farming industry. Cabinet minister Ed Miliband says lessons have been learned: “We have imposed the nationwide ban on movement of the affected animals, that’s pigs, sheep and cows. It is very important that that ban is put into place and is observed because that is the most important lesson we learned from previous outbreaks particularly 2001, that we need that speedy response to stop what is a very contagious disease from spreading.” A three kilometre exclusion zone has been created around the farm in Surrey and its cattle have been culled. The government was accused of acting too slowly after the previous outbreak. Ultimately 6.5 million animals were slaughtered and their carcasses burned. Much of the countryside was turned into a no-go area. France, Ireland and the Netherlands were also affected.

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