UK: ban on pig transports after two FMD reports
British authorities have temporarily banned most
livestock transports, including pigs, after two cases of Foot and Mouth Disease
(FMD) were reported in cattle in the southern county of
The UK Department of Forestry and Rural Affairs (Defra) went red alert last
Friday when a total of 39 animals were tested positive at a farm in the village
of Normandy, near Guildford. This morning a second farm was confirmed
contaminated in that same region.
As a consequence, 120 animals had
to be culled so far.
UK authorities immediately
banned all transports of even-toed ungulates as from last Saturday.
In addition, the European
Union prohibited export of all livestock and dairy products from all of the UK, except
for Northern Ireland. Only products manufactured prior to July 15th, can be
As the disease also
affects pigs, sheep and goats, increased measures apply to a large number of
facilites in the livestock industry.
So far, British authorities,
including EU welfare commissioner Markos Kyprianou
, claim the outbreak is an
incident, and not a massive outbreak like in 2001, when many animals in the UK
had to be culled.
claim the outbreak could be due to a specific, not-finished and 'slow' strain
which is under development in two FMD
laboratories in nearby Pirbright.
At the laboratories, Merial Animal
Health is developing a new vaccin against FMD.
It is unclear how the virus got to
the farms - it is suggested that this could be due to the massive floods of the
last couple of weeks or possibly to a human
The outbreak has reintroduced the
discussion on whether animals in the EU should be vaccinated against the disease.
information on how the disease could spread is expected in the course of the
Related news items:
outbreak causes vigilance in Europe
(7 August 2007)
Related web sites:
â€¢ Merial Animal Health
â€¢ British Department of Forestry and Rural
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