Safety measures have been put in place around a farm in Kent in southern England because of a suspected new case of foot-and-mouth disease. As in incidents discovered earlier this month, the farm in question has been quarantined and a protection zone set up as tests are carried out.
Last week, two cases were confirmed while two more turned out to be false alarms. Worryingly, while all four where in a cluster in the Surrey area, this new case is in Kent, some distance away.
Hundreds of cows, sheep, pigs and goats have already been slaughtered in an effort to contain the disease. Investigators still believe a laboratory complex in Surrey is the most likely source of the outbreak.