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France now has Foot & Mouth - time to cancel plans?

France now has Foot & Mouth - time to cancel plans?

Mar 14th, 2001, 10:46 AM
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This week I have been to Heathrow, Southampton, Winchester, London, Newbury and various small towns in between.

And gosh!! I wasn't affected at all by foot and mouth, nor did I see any evidence of it!!!
 
Mar 14th, 2001, 10:51 AM
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There is a heartbreaking story in today's London Times (available on the web) about a farm family in England who lost all of their dairy cattle -- it really made me realize the horrible economic and emotional impact of foot and mouth on farmers in England. It sort of makes worries about travel inconveniences seem trivial.
 
Mar 14th, 2001, 11:20 AM
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Bruce,
By all means stay home. America has already sent enough idiots to Europe.
Board up your windows, lock up the wife and kids and hunker down until this all blows over. I am sure that once this vast hoof and mouth epidemic passes the plague and famine will settle in and millions of Europeans will be showing up once again at Ellis Island.
Good Luck,
Grim Reaper
 
Mar 14th, 2001, 11:28 AM
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PB - my understanding is that the EU will not allow France or Britain or anywhere else vaccinate or the disease will become endemic - ie the disease will persist in subclinical forms and the EU will not be able to eradicate it.
 
Mar 14th, 2001, 11:30 AM
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Thank you, PB, for some useful information. I read in an article on the online Int'l Herald Tribune that the hoof & mouth disease in France was brought in by sheep purchased from England, but that they know exactly where the sheep were sent, and so will probably be better able to contain the disease. Hope this proves to be true. I will be in France in late May/early June. I was hoping to tour the Loire countryside. We'll have to wait and see how things develop. I am not cancelling our trip, though.
 
Mar 14th, 2001, 11:43 AM
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""my understanding is that the EU will not allow France or Britain or anywhere else vaccinate or the disease will become endemic - ie the disease will persist in subclinical forms and the EU will not be able to eradicate it. ""

Francre vaccinated agains Hoof and Mouth until 1991, when they were ordered to stop due to a European Union directive. Apparently vaccinated animals were not permitted to be sold for meat at that time, for fear that the virus would spread this way. In fact, the disease was never spread this way and this evening on the news I saw that there have been many calls, especially from medical experts, to begin vaccinating again - and immediately.

"" I read in an article on the online Int'l Herald Tribune that the hoof & mouth disease in France was brought in by sheep purchased from England, but that they know exactly where the sheep were sent, and so will probably be better able to contain the disease.""

They have already slaughtered every sheep that was imported into France - as well as all of the animals on the farms where they were sent. I'm praying that we will be able to contain this disease - I live in an area where a lot of sheep are raised, and thankfully no one in this region imported any. I have already been contacted by my vet to advise me that IF the disease gets here, I will have to keep my cats and dogs indoors to avoid having them spread the disease.

By way of information - house pets (dogs, cats, etc.) and horse are immune from this disease, but can easily spread it.

PB
 
Mar 14th, 2001, 12:15 PM
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PB - There's a very informative article in the Boston Globe today which states that the English government weighed extermination vs. innoculation after the last episode and decided extermination was more cost effective.
Hmmmm.

 
Mar 14th, 2001, 12:27 PM
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You can find all this on the internet

FMD is endemic in parts of Asia, Africa, the Middle East and South America, with sporadic outbreaks in disease-free areas. Countries affected by FMD in the past twelve months include Butan, Brazil, Columbia, Egypt, Georgia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Kuwait, Malawi, Malaysia, Mongolia, Namibia, Russia, South Africa, Taipei, Tajikstan, Uruguay and Zambia. The last major outbreak of the disease in the EU was in Greece last year.

In spite of two or even three times a year vaccination, FMD has caused serious economic loss in some of the large dairy herds in the Middle East.

Because of the highly infectious nature of the disease, strict control needs to be carried out. In non-endemic areas, e.g. Europe, the disease is controlled by a slaughter policy. In endemic areas, vaccination may be the most effective way to protect animals from the disease. Animals at risk should be vaccinated at least twice a year with vaccines against local virus serotypes and subtypes.
 

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