Monday, July 23, 2001

Kentucky vet back from studying foot-and-mouth

The Associated Press

        HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. — A Hopkinsville veterinarian returned home last week after battling the devastating foot-and-mouth disease with specialists in Britain.

        Dr. Wade Northington spent 30 days on farms in Gisburn, in the Yorkshire region of northern England.

        “I thought I was prepared for this trip, but I was blown away by the incredible loss of livestock over there,” Dr. Northington said.

        Dr. Northington was selected in May to serve as an Emergency Eradication Program veterinary medical officer in Britain. The program is coordinated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

        To see the operation in Britain from both sides, Dr. Northington divided his time between “clean” and infected farms. At “clean” farms, he conducted surveillance of the animals and reported outbreaks. For the final two weeks, he worked on infected farms.


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