Foot and Mouth Suspected in East Sussex
Government vets were carrying out tests yesterday after suspected Foot-and-Mouth Disease was found in East Sussex, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said.
A 1.8-mile temporary control zone has been put in place around premises near Rye as a precautionary measure after sheep showed possible signs of the disease.
A Defra spokesman said laboratory tests were under way to determine whether the disease has spread, but there is no timetable for receiving the results. He said: "Animal keepers are urged to remain vigilant for disease, check their animals twice a day and report any suspicions immediately."
If confirmed, it would be the first confirmed case of foot and mouth outside of Surrey since the summer.
The disease has been identified at eight farms in Surrey since August 3. The disease's risk area covers Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Hertfordshire, Berkshire, Surrey, Hampshire and West Sussex.
England's farming community is also reeling from bluetongue disease, although restrictions put in place to prevent its spread were being eased yesterday despite the virus spreading to sheep. …