DEFRA confirms foot and mouth disease on a farm at Egham, Surrey

DEFRA has confirmed a case of foot and mouth disease on a farm in Surrey.

But it is not yet understood how the virus arrived at Milton Park Farm on Stroude Road, Egham, Surrey which is just 12 miles from the Institute for Animal Health‘s laboratory at Pirbright, the source of the original outbreak.

In a statement DEFRA said initial laboratory tests on the samples taken on Wednesday (12 September) morning from the cattle on the holding.
The Chief Veterinary Officer Debby Reynolds confirmed the make-up of the farm at the centre of the third outbreak.

The farm comprises a number of separate parcels of land and a single Protection Zone will be put in place which extends a three kilometres radius from each of them, and a Surveillance Zone of 10 kilometres radius beyond that. Footpaths will be closed in the Protection Zone.

The farm itself has been under restrictions since Tuesday (11 September) night. This morning the decision to cull the cattle was taken on the suspicion of disease based on clinical signs, and an initial 10km Temporary Control Zone was put in place around the premises.

Movement ban
A movement ban of cattle, sheep, pigs and other ruminants has now been imposed in England and parallel arrangements are being made by the Scottish and Welsh administrations.

No movements of susceptible animals are allowed except under licence. The licence conditions may vary between England, Scotland and Wales.

In England, controls are in place on movement of animal carcasses, animal gatherings, shearing and dipping are restricted, and all farms must increase levels of biosecurity.

In both the Protection and Surveillance Zones, there will be requirements for increased levels of biosecurity on farms, movement controls, controls on transportation of dung/manure and treatment of animal products to ensure destruction of the FMD virus.

DEFRA secretary of state Hilary Benn said: “This is news that no one wanted to hear, least of all the farming industry. The immediate establishment of both a Protection Zone, with footpaths closed within it, and a national animal movement ban shows our determination to contain and eradicate this latest outbreak.”

“Having spoken this morning to farming industry representatives, I know they share this view and the utmost vigilance is now needed from everyone.”