NORTHERN IRELAND: Minister of Agriculture confirms outbreak of Foot and Mouth in Northern Ireland
"We have now received from Pirbright results of the samples taken from the sheep at Meigh before they were slaughtered and incinerated yesterday. These results are positive and I have to confirm the presence of Foot and Mouth Disease in Northern Ireland." "An 8 kilometre zone had been applied around the Meigh farm because of suspicion of the presence of Foot and Mouth Disease and restrictions imposed on the movement of animals. That zone will now be replaced by a 10 kilometre surveillance zone within which all movements of animals will be prohibited unless authorised by the Department. All livestock within the surveillance zone will be regularly inspected for the presence of Foot and Mouth Disease. Within the 10 kilometre zone more severe measures will apply to farms in a 3 kilometre protection zone around the infected premises. Details of these are being drawn up and will be announced later.
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