What would an outbreak of FMD do to the U.S.?
In 2001 an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) in the United
Kingdom (UK) resulted in catastrophic economic losses exceeding $15
billion. The cost to livestock producers was estimated to be nearly $1
billion and at least 6 million animals were slaughtered. Any outbreak of
FMD in the US today, where the density of livestock animals is high,
would likely be as devastating as the one that hit the UK in 2001.
With no recent FMD outbreak to use as an example,...
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