Defra announced this morning that a 3km radius Foot and Mouth
Disease Temporary Control Zone has been put around one premises
in Kent outside of the existing Surveillance Zone in Surrey.
This precautionary measure follows an inconclusive assessment
of clinical symptoms by Animal Health veterinary staff. The national
movement ban remains in place. In addition, in the Temporary Control
Zone, general licences will not apply for the movement of animals
to slaughter and collection of dead animals from farms.
Debby Reynolds, Chief Veterinary Officer, said:
“The containment and eradication of FMD remains our priority.
This is why we have moved swiftly to put in place a Temporary Control
Zone while we investigate this development in Kent. At this stage
disease has not been confirmed, laboratory results will follow.
“We are in a crucial week for vigilance and planning next
steps. Today’s developments are part of our ongoing surveillance
and testing and I would take this opportunity to reiterate the
need for the highest standards of biosecurity on farms, and for
people to remain vigilant for disease and report any suspicions
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