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    Oh crikey, don’t let this be the start of a re-run of 2001. Taken from Guardian Online:

    Foot and mouth outbreak confirmed

    Press Association
    Friday August 3, 2007 9:48 PM


    Cattle in southern England have been found to be infected with foot and mouth.

    A spokesman for Defra said animals on a farm near Guildford in Surrey had tested positive for the disease.

    He said: “Following an investigation of suspected vesicular disease by Animal Health on a holding near Guildford in Surrey, laboratory results have indicated that the foot and mouth disease virus is present in samples from cattle on the premises.”

    The spokesman said: “On the basis of initial laboratory results, Debby Reynolds, UK Chief Veterinary Officer, has confirmed foot and mouth disease.”

    In accordance with the legislation, all the cattle on the premises will be culled, he said.

    A protection zone, three kilometres in radius, and a surveillance zone of 10 kilometres has been placed around the premises.

    A national movement ban of all ruminants and pigs has been imposed, Defra said.

    A meeting of the Government’s Cobra emergency contingencies committee has been held to discuss the outbreak, with Prime Minister Gordon Brown taking part by telephone from his holiday in Dorset.

    A Downing Street spokeswoman said Mr Brown will return on Saturday in order to chair another Cobra meeting at the Cabinet Office in the morning.

    “Our top priority is to prevent the spread of this disease in order to protect farmers’ stock,” said the spokeswoman.


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    Its sad to see this,and we are just getting over the last lot, and i really hope this is just confirmed to this one farm….if not we are in trouble again…. taken from BBC News

    Kingston Town
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    Oh no. I remember the last outbreak it was devastating for everyone involved. Hopefully this can be contained quickly.

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    Hugely worrying. However the government seem to be reacting a tad more swiftly this time. Let’s hope they can contain it.

    dave jay
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    I hope they deal with it better than they did the last time.

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    Someone get those fecking sheep out of Cheltenham immediately!!

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    Someone get those fecking sheep out of Cheltenham immediately!!

    I thought they were already out. The last time I saw McGrath and Francome they were at Goodwood.


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