email received Oct 7 2005
What about you.....us...... and hundreds of thousands of other people that were not directly involved but are still haunted by what happened?"
I did a search on the BMJ.com webste and found some 2001 stuff that may be of interest.
The health consequences are slight, the economic ones huge http://bmj.bmjjournals.com/cgi/content/full/322/7286/565?maxtoshow=&HITS=10&hits=10&RESULTFORMAT=&fulltext=fmd&andorexactfulltext=and&searchid=1128682702186_4569&stored_search=&FIRSTINDEX=0&sortspec=relevance&resourcetype=1Comes rushing back doesn't it? Is this going to change anything ?
(And note this response to that editorial from Hugh G. Morton, retired psychiatrist from March 2001
" EDITOR - Your editorial 'Foot and mouth disease: the human consequences'1 deals with the crisis in agriculture as it affects animals and animal husbandry; reference is made to the rare transmission of the disease to humans. It would have been at least compassionate for the authors to have mentioned the grave consequences to the people of the farming and rural communities - at best, major stress and anxiety states; at worst, suicide and its consequences for families. Are these not 'human consequences', and indeed public health matters? " Hugh G. Morton, retired psychiatrist Gauldry, Newport-on-Tay, Fife )