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Foot-And-Mouth Is Confirmed

by 5m Editor
12 September 2007, at 3:18pm

SURREY - Initial laboratory tests on the samples taken this morning from the cattle on the holding in Surrey where disease was suspected have indicated the presence of Foot and Mouth Disease.

On the basis of these initial laboratory results and clinical symptoms UK Chief Veterinary Officer, Debby Reynolds has confirmed Foot and Mouth Disease. The farm comprises a number of separate parcels of land and a single protection zone will be put in place which extends a three kilometres radius from each of them, and a surveillance zone of 10 kilometres radius beyond that. Footpaths will be closed in the protection zone.

The last outbreak occurred in August

A movement ban of cattle, sheep, pigs and other ruminants has now been imposed in England and parallel arrangements are being made by the Scottish and Welsh administrations. No movements of susceptible animals are allowed except under licence. The licence conditions may vary between England, Scotland and Wales.

Debby Reynolds said:

“At this stage we have not identified the strain or origin of this outbreak. The situation remains uncertain, and I urge all animal keepers to be vigilant for signs of disease, practice stringent biosecurity measures, including the movement ban and licensing conditions.”

All animals currently in transit should continue to their destination where they should remain in place.

The European Commission has been informed.

This morning a temporary control zone has been put around a grazing area in Surrey. The cattle are to be culled on suspicion of the disease while laboratory test results are awaited.

This measure follows an assessment of clinical symptoms by Animal Health veterinary staff.

Chief Veterinary Officer, Debby Reynolds said:

“The containment and eradication of Foot and Mouth Disease is our top priority. This is why we have moved swiftly to put in place a temporary control zone while we investigate this development. At this stage disease has not been confirmed, laboratory results will follow.

“In the meantime, and as always in such circumstances, I reiterate my message to animal keepers to practice the highest standards of biosecurity, remain vigilant for disease and report any suspicions quickly.”

5m Editor