17 September 2001
More virus misery for north-east

By FWi staff

TWO more cases of foot-and-mouth have been confirmed in the Allendale “blue box” area of Northumberland, bringing the total number of cases in the area to 25.

Some 98 cattle and 209 sheep were slaughtered at Hagg Wood farm, Hexham. At neighbouring Lowes Fell Farm, 117 cattle and 960 sheep were culled.

Livestock on a further 146 farms were slaughtered in an attempt to stop the disease spreading, said the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs

Regional Defra operations director John Bradbury said the new cases were disappointing and highlighted the need for everyone to be vigilant.

Earlier, government officials confirmed that a second suspected case of foot-and-mouth disease in Leicestershire had proved negative.

The all-clear around the farm in the Hinckley area was granted on Monday (17 September) following final test results from blood samples.

All restrictions have been lifted, including an 8km ban on animal movements, a 3km surveillance zone and footpath closures around the area.

About 50 cattle were culled on a farm at Sketchley, near Hinckley – an area where there were a handful of foot-and-mouth outbreaks in the spring.

The farm is the second in the area to be given the all-clear. Tests on livestock at a holding near Loughborough have also proved negative.

But restrictions in some other areas will be maintained. Two roads in Cumbria are likely to stay closed for two weeks in a bid to stop the disease spreading.

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