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UK Foot-and-mouth outbreak: The slaughter begins

by 5m Editor
4 August 2007, at 4:07pm

UK - The slaughter of animals infected by a fresh outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease has begun on a farm in Surrey, England. Livestock at the farm, near Guildford, are being rounded up and killed.

The UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has imposed a three-kilometre "protection zone" and a 10km "surveillance zone" around the farm. A nationwide ban on the movement of all sheep, cattle and pigs has also been put in place and there is a voluntary export ban on all animals and animal products.

Investigations began on Thursday when cattle with symptoms of foot-and-mouth were reported at the farm.

Initial results from scientific analysis of the virus could be available as early as late today, though it may take longer depending on the strain of the virus involved.

5m Editor