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Further Case of Foot and Mouth Disease Suspected in Protection Zone

Published: Tue, 07 Aug 2007 08:06:01

As part of their surveillance activity within the larger Protection Zone in Surrey, Animal Health have identified a further herd of cattle which have clinical signs of Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD). Debby Reynolds, Chief Veterinary Officer (CVO), has therefore ordered their slaughter on suspicion of FMD. Animal Health staff are on site and the cull of the animals will begin as soon as practicable. Samples have been taken to the laboratory for testing to confirm the disease.

CVO Debby Reynolds said:

"The intensive work of Animal Health has meant that we have been able to rapidly identify this suspect case and take appropriate action swiftly. I continue to urge all animal keepers to be vigilant for signs of disease and practice strict biosecurity."

The current Protection and Surveillance Zones remain. The exact details of these measures can be found on the Defra website. Disease surveillance is ongoing.

The Defra public helpline is currently operating from 6am-10pm. The public should call: 08459 335577.

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