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New Yorkshire FMD scare
Friday 21 June

FINGERS will be crossed again this weekend after a new suspected case of foot and mouth disease was reported in a pig which had passed through Selby market.

The animal, now in Leicestershire, is being examined by DEFRA vets but in the meantime, Selby mart and some 30 farms, mainly in the East Riding, have been placed under movement restrictions.

It will be 60 hours before the results and tests are known but DEFRA officials pointed out that there have been several FMD scares reported this year, all of which proved negative.

In the meantime, DEFRA are investigating several cases of fraud amongst contractors involved in the FMD clean-up last year - and are also admitting that the source of the outbreak, the worst ever in the Western world, may never be established.

DEFRA reports that the preliminary tests on a suspected case of FMD in a pig from East Yorkshire have proved negative.

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