Ebene News – GB – Express & Star comment: Pandemic one million kilometers away from foot-and-mouth disease

Twenty years ago Britain was in crisis as a dreaded disease reared its head and, before it was over, left a heartbreaking peage

Foot and mouth disease was first detected in Brentwood in Essex in February 2001 And from there months of bad news left the countryside and agriculture in shock

There are aspects we know only too well now There has been a lockdown, movement restrictions, tourism has been destroyed, and countless events have been canceled, including of course flagship agricultural shows like the West Mid

There was a mass slaughter Farmers who had devoted their lives to their cattle watched in desperation There were vast burial pits and looming pyres in the fields A cruel twist was that many of these measures were taken by precaution, to stop the spread of the disease – the vast majority of those shot were not infected

Then the numbers started to turn Nationally, May 17, 2001 turned out to be the first day in three months without a new case In August, almost all FMD restrictions were lifted

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There are parallels to today, and there are ways in which the events of 20 years ago were very different Obviously this was not a human disease, and although it does result in widespread inconvenience, economic hardship and psychological scars fell on the agricultural industry and those who depended on the countryside for their livelihood

In addition, foot-and-mouth disease was corrected in about six months Covid-19 is still with us and killing large numbers of people almost a year after the initial lockdown, and its effects will be felt for many months , even years, to come

What we can take away from the rural disaster of 2001 is that, despite severe blows, agriculture has rebounded

While the UK figures are finally heading in the right direction, the Covid crisis is in a new phase, that of the first moments of a long recovery

There is going to be a colossal reconstruction exercise following the pandemic It will be a long one, but the example of the resumption of agriculture after foot-and-mouth disease offers a message of hope for society at large

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Ebene News – GB – Express & Star commentary: Pandemic not a million miles away from foot and mouth disease

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