Anthrax discovered on Wiltshire farm

A case of anthrax disease was confirmed at a farm in Wiltshire following the death of a cow. It is believed to be an isolated case. 

Movement restrictions were imposed at the farm and the carcase was incinerated. No other animals have been affected.

The previous anthrax outbreak in livestock in Great Britain was in 2006 on a beef farm in South Wales.

Public Health England (PHE) said the risk of infection to humans was “very low” following the discovery.

Mike Wade, deputy director of Health Protection for PHE South West, said: “We are aware of a confirmed case of anthrax disease in a cow in the Westbury area of Wiltshire.

“The risk of infection in close human contacts of the animal is very low, and we are in touch with any potential contacts to offer public health advice.”

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