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Foot and mouth disease: the perspective of farmers in Ireland

Author(s) : R. O’Malley

Summary :

The first outbreak of foot and mouth disease (FMD) recorded in Ireland since 1941 was successfully eliminated due to four main factors, as follows:  – the willingness of the farmers in Cooley to sacrifice themselves in the national interest;  – decisive action was taken rapidly once the first outbreak was declared; – geographical location of the Meigh and Proleek outbreaks which enabled the authorities to effectively seal off and regionalise the area, thus protecting exports from the rest of the country; – national awareness and willingness at all levels, from Government to the general public, to take whatever action was necessary to keep FMD out of Ireland. The author recounts the story, from the perspective of a farmer, of the outbreak of FMD that occurred in Ireland in 2001, from the first confirmed case in Meigh, County Armagh, through Proleek and the cull, into dealing with the aftermath in terms of compensation payments, premia payments, the evolving human tragedy and lessons learned.

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