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Resource ID: #18391
Subject: Diseases
Source: GQ
Date: July


GQ questions the mass killing of cows in Britain during the food-and-mouth epidemic, and finds it to be "an epic waste." The story exposes political reasons behind the drastic measures. "The pyres are unnecessary ... for the simple reason that foot-and-mouth rarely kills," the magazine reports. The reporter quotes epidemiologists who say that, "in clinical terms, foot-and-mouth is about as serious , to animals or to people, as a bad cold." A major finding is that Britain has chosen to ban the vaccine, because it is difficult to distinguish vaccinated animals from infected animals. Many countries - U.S. amongst them - would not import "tainted" meat, even if it poses no risk to human health, the story reveals.

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