Second foot-and-mouth case confirmed in southern England
Aug 7, 2007 - 3:21:06 PM

London, Aug 7 - A second case of foot-and-mouth disease has been discovered at a farm in southern England, British Environment Minister Hilary Benn confirmed Tuesday.

Conclusive tests had been carried out on the case, found at a Surrey farm near the first outbreak discovered last week. Between 50 and 100 animals had already been culled on the farm as a precaution.

The European Commission earlier Monday banned exports of meat, milk and animals from Britain as an investigation continued into the source of the first foot and mouth outbreak, discovered Friday at a farm near Guildford.

Merial Animal Health, a private US pharmaceutical company located five kilometres away from the affected farm and where immunizations against a form of the foot-and-mouth virus were being tested, denied that there had been any breach in bio-security procedures as investigators continued to scour the site.

Britain's National Farmers Union - said Tuesday the British livestock industry could lose between 10 to 15 million pounds - of income per week due to foot-and-mouth.

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