A Brief History of the Virus

First identified in 1897, foot-and-mouth disease has been largely eliminated from North and Central America, Australia, New Zealand and Japan. The virus was last reported in 1929 in the U.S., 1952 in Canada and 1954 in Mexico. Occurrences are rare in Europe, but the disease persists throughout much of Asia, Africa and South America. Some major outbreaks:

U.K. 1967
The country's last major epidemic was centered in Cheshire, Shropshire and Wales. A total of 440,000 animals were destroyed and hundreds of jobs were lost. Total cost in today's dollars, including compensation and forgone sales: $2.3...

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