The development of nineteenth-century disease control legislation began with the outbreak of cattle plague
was a real problem towards the latter half of the 19th century and was feared to the same extent as is foot-and-mouth today.
A cattle plague
broke out in Britain in 1865 which caused devastation across the farming community.
The PHLS last night tried to reassure the public that there was minimal human risk from the cattle plague
and said earlier results on six men with similar symptoms had proved negative.
The epidemic - which became known as the Great Cattle Plague
- began with a single case on a farm near Oswestry, Shropshire.
Compulsory slaughter had first been introduced to deal with the Cattle Plague
(rinderpest) outbreak which began in Britain in 1865.