Foot-and-mouth disease outbreak suspected of being investigated in Norfolk | foot and mouth

Animal health officials are investigating a suspected outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease at a pig farm near Feltwell in western Norfolk.

A 10 km control zone that prevents the movement of any susceptible animals into or out of the area was applied.

Foot-and-mouth disease is a highly infectious, often fatal, disease that affects cloven-legged animals such as cattle, sheep, and swine.

A spokesperson for the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said that while preliminary tests do not indicate the presence of the disease, “further work is underway to completely rule it out.”

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The last major outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in the UK took place in 2001, when more than 6 million farm animals were killed in an attempt to contain the virus. The first cases of this outbreak were reported in pigs.

A more recent outbreak in 2007 did not spread beyond a handful of farms.

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