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 School recognised for appliance of science
- 2 Masks scrapped 'as early as next month' and over 35s jabs 'soon'
- 3 Mum and daughters take some big steps to help beat cancer
- 4 Anniversary milestone for the railway station that beat Beeching
- 5 Green blueprint for new valley park is agreed
- 6 Author's school visit takes the biscuit
- 7 Laptops and tablet help primary school
- 8 Axminster progress in the Devon Senior Cup
- 9 Marcus Hartnell wins Seaton and Colyton election
- 10 Customers reminded to look out for tax credit renewal packs
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.