UK: FMD found in broken pipe near laboratory
An investigation into the Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD)
outbreaks in the British county of Surrey revealed that the virus was present in
a pipe on a laboratory site close by.
The British Health and Safety Executive found lapses in bio-security at the
site, according to a report from the BBC News website.
and trade ban
In the middle of July, the FMD outbreaks caused a
transport and trade ban for a couple of weeks this summer. Although the disease
was found in cattle, also 280 pigs had to be culled at one of the infected
The site claims that virus traces have been found in a
pipe running from Merial Animal Health to a treatment plant operated by a
government-run laboratory on the same complex.
is suggested that the pipe could have been damaged by tree roots before flooding
caused pushed the traces to the surface, the website says.
So far, it
is unclear how the FMD virus found its way on to the meadows a few kilometres
away. The investigators said that contractors used a country road next to the
farmland where the first outbreak happened.
â€¢ Health and Safety Authority
â€¢ Merial Animal Health
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