From Farmers Weekly Interactive
Initial virus tests negative
Source: FWi 23 September 2002

By Johann Tasker

INITIAL tests on a bull suspected of having foot-and-mouth disease in Cornwall have proved negative.

Definitive tests on the animal from a farm at St Cleer, near Liskeard, are are expected in the next few days.

Livestock movements imposed for five miles around the farm on Monday (23 September) will remain in place.

The scare comes as the last three public footpaths closed by last year's foot-and-mouth epidemic are set to re-open.

The footpaths, at Falstone, in the Northumberland National Park, will re-open on Monday (30 September), exactly one year after the last confirmed case of the disease.

The last confirmed case of foot-and-mouth was on a farm at Little Asby, near Penrith, Cumbria, on 30 September, 2001.

More than 4 million animals were slaughtered during the six-month epidemic.

A number of suspect foot-and-mouth cases have been reported since then, but all of them have turned out to be negative.