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Institute for Animal Health statement re: Foot and Mouth outbreak near Egham

12 September 2007

Scientists at the Institute for Animal Health at Pirbright confirmed within an hour of receiving samples that today’s suspect case of Foot-and-Mouth Disease was positive.

The scientists are working to identify the strain of virus, and to confirm whether or not, this is the same virus that caused the August outbreak, which is believed to have originated from the Pirbright site.  

At the current time the IAH scientists have no evidence of how this second outbreak might have happened. There is no evidence to suggest further escape from the site. Faulty drainage implicated in probable escape of the virus from the site in August has been repaired. The Institute has worked closely with Defra and other regulatory authorities and has complied fully with all their requirements. 

The Institute’s priority once again is to provide Government with the analytical data needed to help ensure that containment and control can be effected as quickly as possible.


Matt Goode, Head of External Relations

tel: 01793 413299