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DEFRA has banned livestock movements in an 8km (5 mile) radius ...
DEFRA has banned livestock movements in an 8km (5 mile) radius

around a farm in North Yorkshire at High Worsall, near Yarm, as a

precaution, while investigations are undertaken at a beef finishing


Restrictions were imposed yesterday because one animal on the unit was showing

signs which, while not completely consistent with the disease, vets

could not absolutely rule out from being FMD. The farm in question

was an Infected Premises in May last year.

Since the last confirmed case on September 30, there have been a

number of FMD investigations all of which have subsequently tested


Samples have been taken for urgent testing for foot and mouth disease

at the Institute for Animal Health laboratory at Pirbright in Surrey.

None of the cattle are being slaughtered at this stage.

The following action has been taken:

- the farm under investigation has been sealed off

- all livestock movements within an 8km (5mile) radius of the farm

have been halted

- samples have been sent to Pirbright for testing.

Definitive results from laboratory tests can take up to 96 hours.

Initial results will be available today.

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