FMD control zone lifted after negative tests in Surrey

by Editor
Tuesday, August 14, 2007

The British Government has lifted its temporary foot and mouth disease control zone around a farm in Surrey after test results came back negative.

Despite this the government's chief veterinary officer, Debby Reynolds, has stressed the need for farmers to remain vigilant for the signs of further cases.

However, the national movement ban on livestock remains in place following the detection of FMD on a farm nine days ago.

Meanwhile, Australian farmers have also been reminded to secure their farm in the wake of the UK FMD outbreak by Animal Health Australia chief executive, Dr Mike Bond.

Dr Bond said risks could include animal movements, such as the introduction of new animals or even neighbouring stock straying through damaged fences.

Thus farmers should think about who is visiting their property, where the feed came from, and they should keep a close eye on their stock in order to see any unusual symptoms or behaviour early enough.