Following an investigation of suspected vesicular disease by the
On the basis of the initial laboratory results, Debby Reynolds,
Nationally, no animal movements are allowed except under license, controls are in place on movement of animal carcasses, animal gatherings, shearing and dipping are restricted, and all farms must increase levels of biosecurity. In both the protection and surveillance zones, there will be requirements for increased levels of biosecurity on farms, movement controls, controls on transportation of dung/manure and treatment of animal products to ensure destruction of the FMD virus.
The farm itself has been under restrictions since late Thursday evening when symptoms were reported to the local Animal Health office. A 1-km temporary restriction zone was placed around the premises earlier today while investigations and testing were completed, in line with domestic and EU legislation. The European Commission has been informed.