FMD outbreak: worldwide concern

07-08-2007 | |

The report of several Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD) cases in the UK has caused other countries throughout Europe to remain vigilant.

In the Netherlands, a transport ban was installed last Saturday and about 150 farms that were involved in animal transports with the UK will be inspected by inspection teams and vets.

About 380 transports including cattle, pigs, sheep and goat had been taking place between the countries. So far no FMD outbreaks were reported in the Netherlands.

No fear in Germany
In Germany, an outbreak is not feared yet – as no recently imported animals from the UK have tested positive up until now.

A so called ‘Task Force Animal Diseases’ checked several animals, including sheep, a cow and two zoo animals.

The European Union prohibited export of all livestock and dairy products from all of the UK, except for Northern Ireland. Only products manufactured prior to July 15th, can be exported.

Related news items:
• UK: ban on pig transports after two FMD reports (7 August 2007)

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