Foot and mouth disease control zones lifted at farms in Kent and Surrey

Foot and mouth disease control zones have been lifted at the suspect cases in Kent and Surrey.

DEFRA made the move after further foot and mouth disease tests at the farms – one at Chessington World of Adventures, Surrey, the other at Honeychild Manor in Kent, both returned negative results.

The lifting of the Temporary Control Zones, combined with no further changes in the disease situation elsewhere, means that the vaccination teams will be stood down from their current level of alert, DEFRA confirmed.

Teams could be returned to the higher state of alert in five days, if needed, the department added.