Dr Ruth Watkins – why FMD vaccine should have been used


Dr Ruth Watkins* has authored an interesting case for FMD vaccination on the farmtalking.org website. Dr Watkins writes, “… it is theoretically possible to eliminate FMD from the world, as has nearly been accomplished with poliovirus.”

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She argues that as soon as Defra knew the outbreak was the 01 BFS 67 strain, they should have immediately vaccinated to control the spread. This strain of Foot and Mouth Disease is a known type and Defra knew the most likely possible source.

* (That’s Dr. Ruth Watkins, BSc Hons, BFA Oxon, MBBS, MSc, MRCP, MRCPath)


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