Seventh case of FMD confirmed in the UK
British authorities have confirmed a seventh case of Foot-and-Mouth
Disease (FMD) in the UK last night.
The case was discovered on a cattle farm in a town near Egham in the county
of Surrey - it was found in the already installed protection zone due to earlier
Still, the country's chief
veterinary officer Debby Reynolds said animal restrictions are likely to be
eased: "Our aim is to get farming back to normal when the risk is acceptable to
Animals can be moved from farm to farm under licence in 'low
risk areas', but markets cannot be held.
Movements will continue to
be restricted in counties in the South of England, surrounding the Surrey
outbreaks, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)
Relief to farmers
The National Farmers' Union
president Peter Kendall said the relaxation of movements would be a relief to
farmers and "should at least reduce the danger of this becoming a welfare and
economic crisis for many farmers."
He added: "But we must remember that farmers across a large
part of south-east England, where there is still a risk of FMD
, remain unable to move their livestock, other than direct for
slaughter, and still face very severe problems."
was first discovered in the UK in the beginning of August but it seemed to
remain restricted to two farms. About 10 days ago, another set of farms,
predominantly housing cattle, were found to be infected.
As FMD can
affect pigs as well, any animal restriction is likely to influence pig trade as
The problems for the UK livestock industry seemed to become
bigger as this week also an outbreak of bluetongue - not harmful to pigs - was
For more information, read the latest weblog by David
Burch: 'FMD is back again in the UK - but is that all?'
â€¢ National Farmers' Union
â€¢ Department for Environment, Food and Rural
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