Tests on Solihull farm prove negative

Defra has lifted a temporary control zone around a farm close to the central city of Birmingham on Thursday after tests for foot and mouth disease proved negative.

The premises near the town of Solihull, close to Birmingham, had been suspected to contain the fourth case of foot and mouth since a new outbreak of the disease was confirmed more than 100 miles away earlier this month.

A three-kilometre zone had been set up around Woodhouse Farm on Wednesday as experts investigated the suspected case.

In total, five cases of foot and mouth have been confirmed since an initial outbreak at the beginning of August, all of which have been in the county of Surrey.

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