Comprehension questions (solutions)
Six more UK farms hit by disease (from CNN, March 1, 2001)
How many farms have been infected with the livestock disease in the
UK? 32 by now (March 1, 2001)
Is the disease reaching other countries? Yes, it is reaching other
countries, especially the ones around the UK.
Which European countries have already stepped up measures to prevent
the highly contagious disease reaching their countries? France, Germany,
Portugal, The Irish Republic...
Which animals can be affected by foot-and-mouth disease? animals
with cloven hooves such as pigs, sheep and cows.
Does this disease affect people? No, it doesn't.
How does the virus travel? The virus can travel miles by air or
on clothing or vehicle tyres.
What kind of measures do the different governments take to prevent
the foot-and-mouth disease? Vehicles are being disinfected at ports
and border crossings and sheep recently brought in from Britain are being
slaughtered, some also close livestock markets and others are installing
disinfectant foot baths at all border posts for passengers arriving from
Which measure has introduced Toni Blair to ensure people observed
the no-go status imposed on large tracts of rural Britain? He
has introduced fines of up to £ 5,000 ($7,200).
Who is Toni Blair? British Prime Minister
Use a dictionary to define the verbs:
(Collins Cobuild English Language Dictionary)
to slaughter: to kill animals such as caws and sheep usually for
their meat. To slaughter also means the killing of large number of
people in a way that is cruel, unjust or unnecessary.
to douse: to throw a lot of water or other liquid over someone or
to cull: to cull animals means to kill the weaker animals in a herd
or group in order to reduce their numbers or keep them at a particular
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