UK: hopes for end of FMD 'crisis'
Great Britain hopes that the recent crisis around Foot-and-Mouth Disease
(FMD) outbreaks has ended.
A new suspected farm, near the village of Dorking in
Surrey, proved negative of FMD
- the animals were most probably suffering from pneumonia. Other
outbreaks have not been found either, so the number of contained sites remains
Most likely source of the infection is still one of the two
nearby laboratories in Pirbright, Surrey, which were experimenting with FMD
For now, the British government
announced not to implement any plans on vaccination for the disease, that can
affect pigs, cattle, sheep or goats.
Reynolds, director general of the British Animal Health Welfare and chief
veterinary officer, said she believes there is a low risk of the infection
spreading outside the county.
Nevertheless, she emphasised that
people could still transport the disease, that is why all security measures are
not lifted yet.
Reynolds bases that assumption on a
report by the National Emergency Epidemiology Group, stating that at the moment
an infection from the primary source (moste likely the laboratories) is now
The British Department for Environment, Food and Rural
Affairs (Defra) also said this weekend that a number of 280 pigs were also
culled at one of the infected properties.
Related news items:
â€¢ FMD causes pig industry to plummet (10 Aug 2007)
Two more weeks of pig export bans for UK (09 Aug 2007)
FMD outbreak: worldwide concern (update) (08 Aug 2007)
FMD likely caused by human mistake (08 Aug 2007)
FMD outbreak: worldwide concern (07 Aug 2007)
UK: pig transport ban after 2 FMD reports (07 Aug 2007)
British pork to be banned in Korea (07 Aug 2007)
Lab biosecurity not the cause of outbreak (06 Aug 2007)
â€¢ British Department for Environment, Food and
Rural Affairs (Defra)
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