New cases of hoof-and-mouth hurt Yorkshire

NEW YORK -- England's Yorkshire region reinstated some travel restrictions after 17 new cases of hoof-and-mouth disease in farm animals were confirmed during the last two weeks.

All foot and bridle paths in the 700-square-mile Yorkshire Dales National Park are closed, as are walking paths outside the park.

The Yorkshire Tourist Board said visitors, many of whom come to the region to hike, are down by 60%, and 20 tourism-related businesses, mostly small accommodation providers, have closed up shop.

The board said it has stepped up advertising and public relations campaigns, but added that local businesses will be "totally devastated" if the downturn continues through the high season.

Yorkshire is located in northwest England, just south of the Lake District.

Most travel restrictions, which were put in place in early March, had been lifted after government authorities declared the outbreak under control a few weeks ago.

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