'Human tragedy' of foot-and-mouth

UK - People affected by the foot-and-mouth crisis in 2001 suffered symptoms close to post-traumatic stress disorder for months afterwards, a report has said.

Flashbacks, nightmares, and conflict in communities were among problems found by Lancaster University researchers.

They studied weekly diaries kept for 18 months from December 2001 by 54 people including farmers, vets and doctors.

Distress was experienced beyond the farming community, the report published in the British Medical Journal said.

The 54-strong "rural citizens' panel", which also included small business owners and others in rural areas, completed diaries, gave interviews and took part in group discussions.

Source: BBC
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