News & Perspective

Nov 29, 2007

Nov 29, 2007

UK: H5N1 outbreak may be linked to wild birds, lax biosecurity

(CIDRAP News) – The initial epidemiologic report, released today, on the United Kingdom's recent outbreaks of H5N1 avian influenza in Suffolk said the source of the virus is unknown but could have been wild birds.

Sep 21, 2007

Sep 21, 2007

Foot-and-mouth disease found at fifth UK farm

(CIDRAP News) – Foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) was confirmed on a fifth farm in Surrey in southern England this week, but another feared outbreak near Birmingham in the central part of the country was ruled out.

Sep 18, 2007

Sep 18, 2007

Latest UK foot-and-mouth cases linked to earlier ones

Sep 13, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – British officials who are investigating the latest outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) said today that initials tests show the virus strain matches the strain found in outbreaks that surfaced in late July at two nearby farms.

Sep 12, 2007

Sep 12, 2007

UK reports another foot-and-mouth outbreak

(CIDRAP News) – English officials announced today that foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) has been confirmed in cattle on another farm in Surrey, less than a week after announcing that the disease had been eradicated from the area.

The farm is near the town of Egham, about 10 miles from the site of two earlier FMD outbreaks, the London Telegraph reported today.

Sep 07, 2007

Sep 07, 2007

British blame leaky drain for foot-and-mouth outbreak

(CIDRAP News) – Britain's recent outbreaks of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) were likely caused by faulty wastewater drains at a laboratory facility, which contaminated soil that was then spread by trucks to a nearby cattle farm, British authorities announced today.

Aug 17, 2007

Aug 17, 2007

Fears about UK foot-and-mouth outbreak diminish

(CIDRAP News) – As British veterinary officials continued to investigate outbreaks of food-and-mouth disease (FMD) at two farms this week, worries about possible outbreaks at two other sites in England were dispelled.

Animal handlers at a farm in Kent and a zoo in Surrey reported suspicious lesions in animals, but test results were negative, and the government eased restrictions on livestock movements in those areas.

Aug 06, 2007

Aug 06, 2007

Foot-and-mouth disease resurfaces in England

(CIDRAP News) – Foot-and-mouth disease (FMD), a cattle disease that devastated the British beef industry in 2001, has resurfaced in England, possibly because of a laboratory leak.