Relief for last virus counties

3 December 2001

Relief for last virus counties

By Wendy Owen, north-east England correspondent

THE three remaining counties at “high risk” from foot-and-mouth will be downgraded to “at-risk” areas from midnight on Tuesday (4 December).

The move will apply to North Yorkshire, County Durham and Cumbria.

Nasees Meah, disease operations director for Yorkshire, said he hoped the counties would be declared foot-and-mouth-free by the end of the year.

“From tonight there will be fewer restrictions on the movement of cattle and pigs in these three counties,” he said.

“We are cautiously optimistic that there is no disease left in this part of the country but farmers should still be on their guard.”

Dr Meah added that almost half of culled farms in North Yorkshire had still to complete the cleansing and disinfection process.

But most farms were ahead of schedule and he expected that the vast majority would be ready to re-stock in the New Year.

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