Foot and mouth disease found in second farm in England

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The British government announced Tuesday that a second case of foot and mouth disease had been discovered in cattle on a farm close to Guildford, Surrey, where the first outbreak was registered last week.
LONDON, August 7 (RIA Novosti) - The British government announced Tuesday that a second case of foot and mouth disease had been discovered in cattle on a farm close to Guildford, Surrey, where the first outbreak was registered last week.

Environment Secretary Hilary Benn said cattle contracted the disease at the farm located in the 3km (1.9-mile) protection zone set up around the farm where the first case was discovered. All the animals have been culled since then.

Last Friday, U.K. authorities declared a nationwide ban on the movement of livestock after the virus was discovered on a farm in Surrey. The European Union is set to ban all meat and livestock exports from the U.K. within 48 hours, if the British government fails to convince the 27-nation bloc that it can contain the highly-contagious disease.

British authorities have established a 3km (1.9-mile) protection zone and a 10km (6-mile) surveillance zone round the farm as a precautionary measure.

In the country's latest foot and mouth outbreak in 2001, more than six million cattle were culled. Losses were estimated at over 8 billion pounds (over $16 billion).

Russia's veterinary watchdog suspended imports of meat products from the United Kingdom as of August 6 due to the outbreak of foot and mouth disease in the country.

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