Use and abuse of mathematical models: an illustration from the 2001 foot and mouth disease epidemic in the United Kingdom.

  title={Use and abuse of mathematical models: an illustration from the 2001 foot and mouth disease epidemic in the United Kingdom.},
  author={Richard Paul Kitching and Michael V. Thrusfield and Nick M. Taylor},
  journal={Revue scientifique et technique},
  volume={25 1},
Foot and mouth disease (FMD) is a major threat, not only to countries whose economies rely on agricultural exports, but also to industrialised countries that maintain a healthy domestic livestock industry by eliminating major infectious diseases from their livestock populations. Traditional methods of controlling diseases such as FMD require the rapid detection and slaughter of infected animals, and any susceptible animals with which they may have been in contact, either directly or indirectly… 

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