September 28, 2007
September 28, 2007 - The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) in the United Kingdom on Thursday decided to amend the current foot and mouth disease (FMD) restrictions so that, subject to no further changes to the disease situation, movements to livestock markets in the low risk area will be permitted beginning Thursday, Oct. 4. This will be subject to stringent biosecurity measures and that the current control measures in the FMD risk area remain in place.
In addition, laboratory tests show that the strain of FMD found on the seventh infected premises is the same strain as that found on the other premises.
DEFRA also received positive test results for bluetongue for a fifth animal on a fourth premises near Burstall, Suffolk. This animal will be culled.