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. The focus of the outbreaks is an area in Surrey on the outskirts of London. The two earlier incidents are believed to have been caused by FMD virus that leaked from wastewater drains at a laboratory facility in nearby Pirbright. The facility houses a commercial FMD vaccine producer and a government-funded research institute. The United Kingdom’s Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), in a statement today, said initial virus sequencing indicates the virus in the new outbreak is type 01 BFS67, the same strain found in the earlier outbreaks. The latest cases were confirmed yesterday. In the two earlier FMD outbreaks, which were confirmed in early August, veterinary authorities culled nearly 600 animals to control the spread of the disease. A massive outbreak in Britain in 2001 led to the destruction of 7 million cattle to stop the disease. DEFRA said yesterday that animals on a farm next to the infected site would be destroyed as a precautionary measure. See also: Sep 12 CIDRAP News story “UK reports another foot-and-mouth outbreak” The current outbreak site is a farm near the town of Egham, about 10 miles from the two earlier outbreaks, the London Telegraph reported yesterday. Cattle on the farm were culled, and protection and surveillance zones were set up around the area, DEFRA reported. FMD is an extremely contagious disease that affects cattle, sheep, pigs, and other ruminants, causing sores in the mouth and on the hooves. The debilitating condition does not usually kill adult animals, but it drastically reduces milk production. The disease very rarely affects humans, according to DEFRA.
“We supplemented. He ran very well in the English Guineas to finish fourth and was running on,” Hannon told At The Races. “I think the track will suit him at the Curragh. It doesn’t suit us too much that Kingman’s going, but there you go. “He has to go, we can go up to a mile and a quarter later on but I think he’s well worth his chance and if he finishes in the (first) three, we get our money back. I think the track will really suit him. “Our Guineas is always the best race, the champion two-year-old ran and just because our horse won at 40-1 people think something went wrong. “Our horse (Night Of Thunder) started over on the far side with Kingman and ended up on the near side. I’m not saying he’s going to go through the season unbeaten, but I don’t think there was much fluke about it.” Shifting Power’s addition to the Classic means there are 16 possibles for the race. As expected, John Gosden’s Kingman remains in the mix but he is the only other challenger from Britain. Aidan O’Brien has left in War Command, Fountain Of Youth, Great White Eagle, Johann Strauss and Michaelmas. Dermot Weld still has Alkasser and Mustajeeb in contention, while Ger Lyons has left in Obliterator but warned on Monday he was an unlikely runner unless there was good in the going. Prince Of All, Mandatario and Big Time are others to note. Press Association Richard Hannon expects the stiff nature of the Curragh to bring out the best in Shifting Power, who has been supplemented for the Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas. The colt defied his 50-1 starting price to finish fourth, beaten only three lengths by stablemate Night Of Thunder, in the first Classic of the season at Newmarket. While Night Of Thunder heads for the St James’s Palace at Royal Ascot, Shifting Power will meet Guineas second Kingman again on Saturday, and Hannon hopes more emphasis on stamina in Ireland can help his Free Handicap winner repay connections’ faith.