Published in TB and Outbreaks Week, October 19th, 2004
According to investigators writing in the journal Nature Reviews Microbiology, "The 2001 epidemic of foot-and-mouth disease in the United Kingdom triggered a livestock culling campaign that involved the slaughter of more than 6.5 million animals. Three years later, management of the epidemic remains controversial."
"Some believe that untried control methods based on unvalidated models replaced well-established policy, motivating an unnecessary slaughter. Others hold that rigorous quantitative approaches provided the basis for new incisive policies that...
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