Suspected foot and mouth disease on UK farm

Authorities in the UK are investigating a suspected case of foot-and-mouth disease on a pig farm in Norfolk.

na statement, Britain’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said following the suspected disease in pigs and as a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of the disease, a 10km temporary control zone was imposed around a property near Feltwell, Kings Lynn, Declares and West Norfolk.

It said the premises will remain restricted pending the outcome of the official tests.

Foot and mouth disease is highly contagious.

Animals can contract the virus through direct contact with an infected animal.

It affects cloven-hoofed animals including:

It doesn’t affect humans.

The last outbreak in the UK was in 2007.

A major outbreak of the disease in 2001 wreaked havoc on the UK farming sector, with between 6.5 million and 10 million animals eventually being slaughtered across the UK.

In the 2001 outbreak, the disease also reached Ireland, where an aggressive slaughter policy was introduced, killing 13,000 sheep and 3,000 cows within a restricted zone in Co Louth. Suspected foot and mouth disease on UK farm

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