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Britain has been declared free of Foot and Mouth Disease, with a disease-free declaration about the last officially tainted county, Northumberland. This means that all counties in Britain now have freedom to move livestock. “This is a welcome landmark, although not quite the end of the story” said Andrew Maxted, of the Oudoor Industries Association, the area’s non-profit outdoor trade Association. “We are delighted that 98 percent of footpaths are now open nationwide and that the rural economy can look forward to recovery this spring. We recognise however that a small number of rights of way crossing formerly infected premises are still closed and ask all walkers, climbers and other outdoor enthusiasts to continue to respect any signs in place to this effect.”