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banner Tuesday, 1 May, 2001, 15:15 GMT 16:15 UK
Foot-and-mouth disease
The number of new cases of foot-and-mouth disease continues to fall. The Prime Minister Tony Blair declares the battle against the outbreak has almost been won, clearing the way for a June general election. BBC News Online follows the story in Audio and Video.

22 May 2001

A farm gate in Settle, North Yorkshire
Out of bounds: another farm is hit by the outbreak

A fresh outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease has affected 16 farms around Settle, in North Yorkshire. The army, MAFF officials and vets have rushed to the area and thousands of animals have been slaughtered. The outbreak has undermined hopes that the outbreak might be at an end. Richard Wells reports.

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17 May 2001

Phoenix the calf
Phoenix the calf cheated the cull

For the first time since the foot-and-mouth outbreak began in February a day has passed with no fresh cases reported. The government's expectation that the disease is on the decline appears to be confirmed by the lack of new cases.

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4 May 2001

Mount Snowdon, Wales
Mount Snowdon re-opened to walkers

Walkers return to Snowdon in north Wales as foot-and-mouth restrictions are lifted. Tourist businesses are hoping the bank holiday weekend will bring a rush of visitors to Britain's rural communities.

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3 May 2001

Mr Blair is urging people not to get complacent
Mr Blair is urging people not to get complacent

The UK Prime Minister Tony Blair says the race to eradicate foot-and-mouth is being won but urges farmers to remain vigilant. Mr Blair paid tribute to the organisations responsible for combating the outbreak, but warned people not to get complacent. The BBC's Sue Nelson reports. .

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1 May 2001

Five areas of woodland or common ground are to be re-opened
Five areas of woodland or common ground are to be re-opened

After carrying out a risk assessment, the National Parks Authority decide to re-open parts of Dartmoor. But not everyone is happy with the decision, as the BBC's Sarah Ransome reports.

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