Foot-and-mouth tests reported in Surrey

Defra has confirmed another 3km temporary control zone has been put around a premises in Surrey, outside the original foot-and-mouth disease surveillance zone.

This is the second premises at which a control zone has been placed today, the other being a farm in Kent.

A Defra statement said: "Both are precautionary measures following inconclusive assessments of clinical symptoms by Animal Health veterinary staff. The national movement ban remains in place.

"In addition, in the Temporary Control Zone, general licences will not apply for the movement of animals to slaughter and collection of dead animals from farms.

Information on the latest situation on the Food and Mouth Disease outbreak can be found on the Defra website at: www.defra.gov.uk/footandmouth."The Surrey case is reported to be on a sheep holding in Chessington, Surrey, just 20 miles from the suspected source of the FMD outbreak in Pirbright.

Meanwhile, the suspected farm in Kent has been named in newspaper reports as Honeychild Manor Farm, in the Romney Marsh area, a dairy unit with 250 cows. It remains sealed off after being placed at the heart of a 3km control zone.

The government's chief vet, Debby Reynolds, stressed that the measures were precautionary and said test results would not be available until later today or tomorrow.

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