reported that the Queen closed off the majority of Windsor Great Park to the
public, which is inside the 10km surveillance zone.
community was up in arms by the return of the highly infectious disease, which
had been found in two herds last month. They said the Government was in the
wrong to give the all-clear on Friday.
Currently, a farm at Stroude has been hit with the
disease, situated near Egham, ten miles north of the Pirbright research laboratory blamed for
the August outbreak.
Tory MP Philip Hammond, who represents the Runnymede and
Weybridge constituency, which includes Egham, said the current case of the
disease raised fears about whether the disease may be able to lie dormant for
longer periods than previously thought.
He said if the latest case was linked to the previous
outbreak, the first question to consider was why the restrictions on moving
livestock were lifted.
been tests on a pig at a farm in Hindolveston, Norfolk, after animals displayed
symptoms of the disease. Scientists believe deer could have been harbouring the
disease over the last few weeks, which could be a possible cause.
Livestock producers fear that the
latest outbreak could cost the British farming industry about Â£2m a day in lost
sales of meat, dairy and other products.
Minister Gordon Brown called a meeting of the emergency committee Cobra
yesterday. He said that authorities would do 'everything in our power' to
eradicate the disease and to track down the source of the latest outbreak in
Egham. Government vets were called to the farm on Tuesday after cows showed
symptoms of the disease.
lifted its ban on British meat from the part of Surrey affected by last month's
outbreak. However, yesterday, the Commission declared Britain a high-risk area
again, and brought back its export ban on sheep, cattle and pigs, lamb, beef and
"The immediate establishment of both a protection zone,
with footpaths closed within it, and a national animal movement ban shows our
determination to contain and eradicate this latest outbreak," said Environment
Secretary Hilary Benn.
Peter Kendall, president of the National Farmers Union,
said the latest case would have "enormous" ramifications for farmers.
million animals were culled in the 2001 foot-and-mouth outbreak.
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