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Intensified Battle Against Foot and Mouth Appears to Pay Off

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Science  20 Apr 2001:
Vol. 292, Issue 5516, pp. 410
DOI: 10.1126/science.292.5516.410

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In late March, three teams of epidemiologists took their latest computer model results on foot-and-mouth disease (FMD), which showed that Britain's attempts to control the disease weren't working, to the British government. In response, the government adopted a more aggressive campaign to stamp out the catastrophic outbreak--a strategy that seems to be paying off. Meanwhile, as data on the economic costs of the outbreak emerge, FMD experts in other countries are reassessing whether the no-vaccination policy adopted by the European Union still makes sense.