FMD on fifth livestock unit in the UK
Another farm in the English county of Surrey has been
identified to test positive for Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD). It is the fifth
unit with FMD, ever since the disease was discovered at August 3 this
Tests on slaughtered cattle proved the presence of the
disease, the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)
announced. The unit also had sheep and pigs.
Foot and mouth lesions
were found when the animals were examined at slaughter. Results of further
laboratory tests are awaited, a spokeswoman said. Last
In August, two sites in Surrey were found to be infected. After
these discoveries, things seemed to calm down for a while. Last week, however, a
third farm was discovered to be infected on the very day the FMD precautionary
bans would be lifted.
The newly discovered farm is within the
existing protection zone near the two infected premises confirmed last
week. Minor changes have now been made to the protection zones and
surveillance zone in the area.
Initial tests on pigs culled on
a sixth farm in the same area tested negative for foot-and-mouth, reported the
â€¢ Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
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