More worries for British farmers with the confirmation of a sixth case of foot and mouth disease in southern England. The farm concerned is within a case is within a three-km protection zone set up to contain the disease after the first outbreak. It came to light just as the EU was about to declare Britain free of the disease and lift an export ban imposed after an outbreak in August
Authorities are hoping that the restrictions imposed around the Egham area where the affected farms are located will stop the disease from spreading. But the EU decision to maintain the export ban is having an impact on farming and that has revived memories of a devastating epidemic in 2001.