UK: "New FMD virus already three weeks old"
Debby Reynolds, the British government's chief veterinary officer, has
announced that the Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD) virus, found in cattle in the
county of Surrey last week, is likely to have spread more than three weeks
Reynolds said that the FMD outbreak spread to the newly discovered area before
the UK was declared free of the disease.
The cattle culled at the the
latest stricken farm, The Klondyke, at Virginia Water, carried lesions that were
more than ten days old.
Both cattle and sheep
from the farm also had antibodies for the virus, which shows the infection is as
old as three weeks.
As pigs are susceptible for FMD as well, any
transport ban related to FMD, is bound to affect the British pig industry as
The UK has faced five cases of FMD since
the beginning of August. Two farms near laboratories near the town of Pirbright
were found infected in August - and only hours after any FMD-related ban was
lifted last week, more cases were reported.
Up until now,
altogether, five locations have been found
In another suspected case of the virus,
in a bull in Solihull, in the West Midlands, about 170 km north of Surrey, tests
proved negative for FMD, the British Department of Environment, Forestry and
Rural Affairs (Defra) has said.
The temporary control zone there has
â€¢ Department of Environment, Food and
Rural Affairs (Defra)
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