In March, 2001, there was an outbreak of foot and mouth disease among livestock in Great Britain. Officials in Great Britain and Europe are taking measures to contain the epidemic. However, the outbreak has caused large scale economic losses and meat shortages in Great Britain. Foot and mouth disease is caused by a virus that affects hoofed animals such as cow, pigs, sheep and goats. Although the virus does not affect humans, it can be carried by humans. The virus causes blisters on the mouths and feet of infected animals as well as fever, lameness, lack of appetite, shivering and reduced milk production. The virus can be spread in several ways:

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