13 September 2001
Leicestershire virus results back

By FWi staff

TESTS on cattle from one of the two farms in Leicestershire suspected as having foot-and-mouth have come back as negative, according to local officials.

Restrictions on the farm a Copt Oak, near Loughborough have been lifted following the results on Thursday afternoon (13 September).

Farms in the surrounding 8km security cordon that was imposed after suspicions were raised will also be freed of restrictions.

Fifty-three cattle were slaughtered on the farm and on another at Sketchley, near Hinckley, after lesions were detected at the weekend (8 and 9 September).

Officials are still waiting for the final results of the tests from Hinckley but farmers in the area hope that these will also show there has been a false alarm.

In both cases preliminary blood tests came back negative and suspicions have been raised that lesions on the cattle may have been caused by them eating brambles.

The last of six cases in Leicestershire was confirmed on 23 April and it was declared a disease-free country three months ago.