The foot and mouth disease crisis took a new twist this week as a slaughter man from Cumbria awaits blood test results to confirm whether he has contracted the disease. The man, who has not been named, was working as a contractor in one of the country's worst affected areas when he was accidentally sprayed with infectious material from a cow. Two weeks later, he had developed symptoms which included mouth ulcers and core, itchy hands, and authorities now believes he is the first human victim of foot and mouth during this crisis.