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Britain outlines strategy to deal with animal diseases

LONDON, Sept. 24 (Xinhua) -- The British authorities outlined Monday the integrated, risk based strategy to deal with the current disease situation with both Bluetongue disease and Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD).

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs published the latest FMD Epidemiology report produced by the National Epidemiology Emergency Group.

The report concludes that the fifth infected promises (IP5) confirmed on Sept. 17 provides a link between the August and September cases with IP5 probably being infected by mechanical transmission, either from the Pirbright site or one of the first two Infected Premises in the Elstead area.

The report states there have been limited animal movements out of the Surrey area, in part due to the restrictions in place in August, which has reduced the risk of wider spread.

The report concludes that the future course of the outbreak is dependent on the surveillance for infection and disease by both animal keepers and Animal Health patrols. Cattle owners should check their animals twice daily and report any suspicions of disease immediately.

Intensive surveillance is already underway on a precautionary basis in the wider Egham and Surrey areas. Further surveillance by cattle blood testing will take place.

The risk of animal movements is evaluated on a daily basis with a clear commitment to allow movements, including livestock markets, as soon as the situation allows, an officer said.

www.chinaview.cn September 2007.

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