TEN YEARS ON: The timeline
Countryside shut down by disease.
THE first case of foot and mouth disease since 1967 was detected at a slaughterhouse in Essex on February 19 in 2001.
Two days later, the European Union imposed a worldwide ban on all British exports of livestock, meat and animal products.
The first case in Devon was reported in Highampton on February 24.
The final case was reported in Cumbria in September 2001.
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In total, 2,000 cases were reported during the outbreak.
Infected animals were found in most areas of the country, although Cumbria was worst hit.
- 1 Family pay tribute to popular Colyton man after his tragic death
- 2 Scheme for affordable homes on old football pitch moves step closer
- 3 Gallery applauded for resilience and creativity during 'very tough times'
- 4 Motorcyclist 'seriously injured' in crash near Ottery St Mary
- 5 Supermarket makes a super gesture to help community food charity
- 6 Town's Market Charter Day event is set to be biggest, say organisers
- 7 Rugby star Ben Moon’s Testimonial year begins
- 8 800th anniversary makes town's celebrated event a hot topic this year
- 9 UPDATE: Man dies after 'serious accident' on A30
- 10 Steve's Great Hike
During the peak of the outbreak, many major tourist attractions were closed to visitors - including The Donkey Sanctuary, near Sidmouth.
Some smaller attractions failed to recover from the loss in business.