Drive to stamp out foot-and-mouth in developing countries

The Telegraph (U.K.)

British researchers said the projects aimed to help farmers and livestock owners in poor countries, whose animals acted as “walking bank accounts” and were crucial to their livelihoods.

But the research, funded by the Department for International Development (DfID), the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and the Scottish Government, also provides “insurance” for the UK which can be affected by the same diseases.

With global trade and climate change, diseases such as foot-and-mouth, African swine fever, bluetongue and African horse sickness are an increasing threat to UK livestock, the researchers said.

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