Last suspect cases prove 'negative' for FMD
Initial results on two suspected cases of
Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD) in the British counties of Kent and Surrey have
That was announced by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural
Affairs (Defra) after tests had been carried out on suspect animals at farms in
Romney Marsh and at Chessington World of Adventures.
say that additional testing is necessary before they can be certain of the
England has received
a lot of attention in the last two weeks due to an outbreak of FMD
at two farms in the county of
Fears for a repetition of 2001, during which
millions of livestock had to be killed, proved not realistic however, as the disease
did not spread.
Still, in the UK most of the livestock industry came
to a standstill and exports were banned
Two institutes in Surrey, both
experimenting with a live strain of FMD, were identified to be possible sources
of the infection. One of them belongs to the British Animal Health Institute,
the other to Merial Animal Health.
So far it remains unclear however,
what the exact cause is.
A law firm already accused the
British government of a cover-up over the FMD outbreak 'in order to avoid a
multimillion-pound legal claim from local farmers'.
Government officials have reacted with frustration in order to find the exact cause
French farm minister Michel
Barnier recommended easing a ban on the movement of live animals and animal products from the
The recommendation was made less
than a week after the European Commission's clampdown to prevent the spread of
Animal transports in the Netherlands have been allowed
again as from today.
â€¢ Department for Environment, Food
and Rural Affairs (Defra)
â€¢ British Institute for Animal Health
â€¢ Chessington World of
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