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Foot-And-Mouth Disease

Volume 462: debated on Tuesday 1 March 1949

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asked the Minister of Agriculture if he is aware that an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease has occurred at Scole and Leiston, Suffolk, involving the destruction of valuable pedigree animals; and whether the standstill order has been put in operation over the area; and what action he has taken to prevent the spread of the disease.

Outbreaks of foot-and-mouth disease at Scole and Leiston were confirmed on 16th and 18th February, respectively, and it was unfortunately necessary to slaughter many valuable animals, including some pedigree cattle. Restrictions on the movement of animals within 15 miles of the infected farms were immediately imposed and the usual steps taken to prevent the spread of infection. Apart from the slaughter of all the stock on the premises on which the disease occurred, these steps include the regulation of entry into those premises, veterinary supervision over all adjacent stock and disinfection of infected places and things. There have so far been no further outbreaks in this area.