Today in History: UK free of foot-and-mouth disease


On the 14th of January 2002, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs announced that the foot-and-mouth outbreak which had scared the agricultural as well as tourist industry, had been eradicated.

The crisis, which began as a result of an Essex abattoir’s report in late February 2001, witnessed over 2000 cases in total, with millions of livestock being lost. In addition, the outbreak also resulted in the postponement of elections as well as the cancellation of the world-famous Isle of Man TT motorcycle race.

Not only did the crisis put a dent in the rural sector, but it also placed a heavy burden on the public and private sectors with billions of pounds having been spent on trying to contain the outbreak.


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