Suspected FMD case on UK farm

UK authorities are investigating a suspected case of foot-and-mouth disease at a Norfolk pig farm.

In a statement, the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said that following suspicion of the disease in swine, and as a precaution to prevent the spread of the disease, a 10km Temporary Control Zone has been declared around a facility near Feltwell, Kings Lynn and West Norfolk.

He said the facilities remain under restriction until the results of official tests.

Foot-and-mouth disease is highly infectious.

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

Affects cloven-hoofed animals, including:

Does not affect humans.

The last outbreak in Britain was in 2007.

A more significant outbreak of the disease in 2001 wreaked havoc on the UK agricultural sector, with between 6.5 million and 10 million animals eventually culled across the UK.

The 2001 outbreak also saw the disease reach Ireland, where an aggressive culling policy was introduced that saw the culling of 13,000 sheep and 3,000 cows within an exclusion zone in Co Louth.

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