FMD identified on eighth farm in Britain
The Department of Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) announced
livestock on an eighth farm in Surrey, the region tested positive for
Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD).
Cattle on the farm, as well as cattle on four nearby farms near the village
of Wraysbury, that were believed to be exposed to the virus, have been culled in
an effort to prevent the spread of the
This outbreak was
discovered on Sunday. The first outbreak of FMD
was initially discovered on August 3.
Defra has created a 3 km protection zone where the movement of livestock has
been forbidden without government permission in an effort to halt the spread of
The National Farmers'
Union (NFU) said that the new case of FMD would have severe financial
implications. It is estimated that the outbreaks have cost the industry Â£250
million (€359 million) since August.
A spokeswoman said a programme
of "intense surveillance and blood testing" would continue in a bid to identify
any further cases.
Yesterday, a 3 km protection zone was put around a
premises near Haywards Heath, on the border of East and West Sussex, the Defra
â€¢ Department of Environment, Food and Rural
â€¢ National Farmers'
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