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Foot-and-mouth disease
The foot-and-mouth crisis forces the government to abandon any plans for a May general election. But there are the first signs that the authorities are beginning to get the epidemic under control. BBC News Online follows the story in Audio and Video.


30 April 2001

Lorries have been leaking blood onto roads
Lorries have been leaking blood onto roads

Northumberland Protestors are meeting MAFF officials on Monday to demand the closure of an animal burial site. They have already succeeded in suspending deliveries, after a lorry leaked blood onto surrounding roads.

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29 April 2001

Business is beginning again in Devon
Business is beginning again in Devon

As it transpires that the army supplied waste food to the Northumberland farm at the centre of the outbreak, farmers in Devon are expressing relief at being allowed to sell livestock again.

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26 April 2001

Phoenix the calf - free at last
Phoenix the calf - free at last

A 12-day-old calf which survived a foot-and-mouth cull on the farm where it was born is to be allowed to live. Downing Street granted a last minute reprieve to the white heifer, named Phoenix. after officials sought a court order to kill the animal.

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25 April 2001

The owners of Phoenix want her to live
The owners of Phoenix want her to live

The future of a 12-day-old calf which survived a foot-and-mouth cull on the farm where it was born looks doubtful as government officials seek a court order to kill her. Phoenix was found lying next to the body of her dead mother on Clarence Farm in Devon.

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24 April 2001

Only humans in close contact with infected animals are at risk
Only humans in close contact with infected animals are at risk

A further two suspected cases of human foot-and-mouth are currently under investigation, with a third British man still awaiting test results. The two new cases are not from the same area, but no specific details are yet available. The BBC's Richard Bilton reports.

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23 April 2001

Thousands of animal carcasses are burning in Devon
Thousands of animal carcasses are burning in Devon

The carcasses of thousands of culled animals have been burning in Devon despite the concerns of residents and environmentalists. Up to 4,000 culled animals are being incinerated. The BBC's Val Jones reports.

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20 April 2001

Many animals in Devon are awaiting disposal
Many animals in Devon are awaiting disposal

The government says it is winning the battle to control the spread of foot-and-mouth disease. However, doubts are being raised over the efficiency of the disposal programme with major backlogs reported in Devon.

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18 April 2001

Scientists say vaccination could save cows
Scientists say vaccination could save cows

The government says it accepts in principle to a limited vaccination policy. Government advisers have been setting out the scientific case for a limited foot-and-mouth vaccination programme. Farmers leaders are resisting the move.

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17 April 2001

Some attractions fared better than others
Some attractions fared better than others

After what should have been one of Britain's busiest holiday weekends, the tourism industry is busy counting its takings. The picture is mixed. Big attractions and the seaside have done well but the countryside is still suffering, as the BBC's Rory Cellan Jones has been finding out.

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14 April 2001

An army digger prepares a burial site
An army digger prepares a burial site

Ministers have been meeting to consider plans to use existing landfill sites to bury animals, slaughtered because of foot-and-mouth disease. More than 400,000 carcasses are awaiting disposal, but many authorities face oppostion from local residents to the digging of new pits.

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13 April 2001
Scientists say culling needs to continue
Scientists say culling needs to continue

Scientists advising the government on foot-and-mouth disease have warned that almost one in three farms will become infected unless pre-emptive culling continues. They also say the disease would not have got out of control in some areas if the policy had been pursued from the start of the crisis.

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9 April 2001
Trapped on a footpath in Cumbria
Trapped on a footpath in Cumbria

Almost two-thirds of people planning an Easter trip to the British countryside have cancelled their holiday because of the foot-and-mouth crisis. An internet survey by an organisation linked to the National Farmers' Union, shows many of those questioned are still unsure what is open to the public.

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4 April 2001
Government chief scientist Professor David King
Government chief scientist Professor David King

On the day that the 1,000th case was announced, chief scientist Professor David King said Government measures were beginning to bite. Professor King told the Prime Minister that the spread of the disease was proving not to be as rapid as first feared.

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3 April 2001
The government faces criticism over its handling of the crisis
The government faces criticism over its handling of the crisis

As cases of foot-and-mouth reached 943, Tory leader William Hague said that soldiers must take full control of the foot-and-mouth crisis as officials were "hopelessly overstretched".

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