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The foot-and-mouth disease epidemic in The Netherlands in 2001

By A. Bouma, A.R. Elbers, A. Dekker, A.A. de Koeijer, C. Bartels, P. Vellema, P. van der Wal, E.M.A. van Rooij, F.H. Pluimers and M.C.M. de Jong


An outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) in Great Britain was reported on 21 February 200 1, followed by an outbreak of FMD in The Netherlands a month later. This Dutch index outbreak occurred on a mixed, veal-calf/dairy-goat farm in Oene, in the central part of The Netherlands. The most-likely route of infection was the import of Irish veal-calves to this Dutch herd via an FMD-contaminated staging point in France. With hindsight, more herds seemed to be infected by the time the index outbreak was confirmed. The regular EU control measures were implemented, in combination with pre-emptive culling of herds within 1 km of each outbreak. Nevertheless, more outbreaks of FMD occurred. Most of the virus infections on those farms were "neighborhood infections". Because the situation seemed out of control locally and the destruction capacity became insufficient, it was decided to implement an emergency vaccination strategy for all biungulates in a large area around Oene to stop further spread of the virus. All susceptible animals on approximately 1800 farms in this area were vaccinated. All farms subsequently were depopulated, starting from 2 weeks after vaccination. In total, 26 outbreaks were detected (the last outbreak on 22 April 2001). In total, approximately 260,000 animals were killed. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved

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