UK investigates possible human cases of foot and mouth disease

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 05 May 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:1085
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

    No cases of foot and mouth disease have been transmitted from animals to humans in the current UK outbreak, despite a growing number of possible cases being reported in the media.

    The Public Health Laboratory Service reported last week that in all 13 suspected cases of human foot and mouth disease the tests were negative, with none showing infection with the animal picornavirus causing the disease. One of the cases testing negative was thought to be a slaughterman from the north of England who had attracted a great deal of media coverage, although the service …

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