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Impact of a foot and mouth disease crisis on post-traumatic stress symptoms in farmers

  • Miranda Olff (a1), Maarten W. J. Koeter (a1), E. Heleen Van Haaften (a2), Paul H. Kersten (a3) and Berthold P. R. Gersons (a4)...
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Culling 27000 farm animals during an epidemic of foot and mouth disease in The Netherlands in 2001 resulted in substantial psychological distress among Dutch farmers. We investigated the association of exposure to this crisis with symptoms of intrusions and avoidance as found in post-traumatic stress disorder. Survey results from the Impact of Event Scale administered to 661 Dutch dairy farmers showed that about half of those whose animals were culled suffered from severe post-traumatic distress; we conclude that such agricultural crises can have a substantial impact on mental health.

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Dr Miranda Olff, Center for Psychological Trauma, Psychiatry AMC/De Meren, Academic Medical Center of the University of Amsterdam, Tafelbergweg 125, 1105 BC Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Tel: +31 20 566 2356; e-mail: m.olff@amc.uva.nl
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Impact of a foot and mouth disease crisis on post-traumatic stress symptoms in farmers

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