Government vets have moved into a second farm in Surrey in the United Kingdom to destroy livestock after another outbreak of foot and mouth was confirmed. The latest farm to be affected was within three kilometres of the first one, in Pirbright, and within the exclusion zone set up to try to contain the virus. Now there are reports of a third farm having raised the alarm following worrying symptoms in its herd.
All farms within 10 kilometres of the first outbreak are being watched very closely as the British government struggles to deal with the spread of the disease. It has already spelt disaster for many as the European Union moved yesterday to ban the export of all farm products and live animals from Britain to Europe.
Cattle farms and abattoirs have been closed nationwide. Investigations are continuing at two laboratories just a few kilometres from the first farm affected, where scientists have been working on a vaccine for the virus including the rare strain involved in these outbreaks. Both, now temporarily closed, insist the virus could not have escaped from their labs.