"Do you watch 'The West Wing'? One of the few shows on the TV I try to make time to see. Last night they were troubled by a suspected FMD outbreak, or at least one suspected cow, in the US and the severe implications on the beef industry if it was shown to be positive. - Interestingly they were sending the sample to the UK to be analysed in order to confirm the diagnosis! No wonder the results weren't back before the end of the show. :-)"

Hmm. Evidently the writers are not yet up to speed on Rapid Diagnosis tests (including the USDA/Tetracore test approved for use by the US Congress and already enthusiastically deployed by the Bush administration. See articles in the US press on the use of these tests in California.