Foot and mouth disease surveillance zone lifted

The foot and mouth disease Surveillance Zone is to lift today (5 November), but the restriction zone and movement restrictions within this zone, are to remain in place.

DEFRA made the announcement following the completion of extensive surveillance and in light of no additional cases of foot and mouth disease in the surveillance zone.

Discussions are now underway with the European Commission with regard to easing export restrictions.

Commenting on the move, deputy chief veterinary officer Fred Landeg said: “Animal Health has completed extensive surveillance work in the surveillance zone and the negative results now allow us to lift the surveillance zone which will be welcome news to many farmers.

“However, farmers must remain vigilant continue to check their animals for signs of disease twice daily.”