At the Rancho Mil Condones in the state of Mexico, a sweating vaquero roped a bawling steer out of a herd and tethered it to a fence post. While a U.S. livestock inspector examined the beast's mouth, a Mexican technician shaved a spot on its hide, injected 2 cc of vaccine and clipped a tag to its ear. The two men were agents of the Mexico-U.S. commission for the eradication of foot-and-mouth disease, known in Spanish as aftosa. They were winding up the last series of injections in a three-year campaign to rid...

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