Northumberland virus cluster grows

5 September 2001

Northumberland virus cluster grows

By Wendy Owen

TWO new cases of foot-and-mouth disease have been confirmed around Hexham, Northumberland, taking the number of cases in the area to 19.

Slaughter teams and the army were called in to cull 700 sheep at Bolts Hope farm in Blanchland and 1500 sheep and 300 cattle at Low Ardley farm, Hexham.

Meanwhile, fears are growing that the disease could grip County Durham after animals at a farm at Stanhope were slaughtered on Tuesday (4 September).

The livestock were slaughtered under the dangerous contact ruling and it is thought that the farmer had visited an infected holding in Northumberland.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said it could seven days before blood-testing results from the slaughtered stock are available.


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