The Country Land and Business Association (CLA) has expressed
relief after initial tests for the third suspected foot and mouth
outbreak outside the current control zones have proved negative
today (Friday 10 Aug).
David Fursdon, CLA president said: "This latest news will
come as a huge relief to worried farmers who are more than aware
how fast such a virulent disease can spread. The CLA is advising
farmers and land managers to remain extremely vigilant, this
action combined with biosecurity measures remains absolutely
paramount for early containment of the disease.
"With the lengthy incubation period of up to fourteen days for FMD, new
cases will not necessarily be a surprise but we still have every hope that the
outbreak can remain localised.
"The CLA is part of the daily bird table talks with Defra officials and
have worked with them at every stage of the disease. We will be updating our
members as the situation develops" concluded Mr Fursdon.
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