News of the WeekFOOT-AND-MOUTH DISEASE

U.K. Outbreak Is Latest in Global Epidemic

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Science  02 Mar 2001:
Vol. 291, Issue 5509, pp. 1677
DOI: 10.1126/science.291.5509.1677a

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CAMBRIDGE, U.K.-- What began in late February as a single pig farm blighted by foot-and-mouth disease could spiral into a full-blown epidemic in the United Kingdom, experts say. The reappearance of the dread disease here seems to be the latest twist in a yearlong rampage around the world of a virulent strain of foot-and-mouth virus.