Two cows have tested positive for Foot-and-Mouth Disease in
British officials responded quickly to this new outbreak, halting all meat and dairy exports and they imposed a nationwide ban on the movement of any livestock susceptible to the disease — cows, pigs, sheep and goats. (
Testing has shown that the strain of FMD found in the two cows is identical to the strain used in a nearby laboratory. The Institute for Animal Health’s Pirbright Laboratory has been researching vaccines for the virus. An initial review of security protocols at the lab did not reveal a security breach.
Prime Minister Gordon Brown came back early from vacation to address the outbreak and do “everything possible” to avoid a repeat of the widespread FMD infection that devastated farmers and the English economy in 2001. To learn more from the Washington Post, go to: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/08/06/AR2007080600242.html