Herd of Trouble

When a new outbreak of Foot-and-Mouth disease (FMD) was confirmed on a cattle farm in Surrey, southern England, in early August, Britain braced for the worst. In 2001, the last time the U.K. was hit by this highly contagious illness affecting cloven-hoofed animals, it led to the slaughter and incineration of over 6.5 million animals and cost the country $17 billion. This time, the containment zones that were set up around the affected area right after the first case was reported (a move that took days last time) and a ban on the movement of livestock across Britain appeared to be...

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