The UK Outbreak of Foot and Mouth
In February 2001, panic swept over the nation’s farmers as the first outbreak of foot and mouth disease was announced for 20 years. So much so that the General Election was postponed for a month (97). A staggering 10 million animals are thought to have been killed during the foot and mouth outbreak, between the first case on 20 February and the last case detected on 30 September. This was more than twice as high as official government figures (98).