Cattle transport ban partially lifted

10th August 2007, Comments 0 comments

10 August 2007, THE HAGUE (AFP) - The Dutch ministry of agriculture on Thursday announced that a ban on the transport of cows and pigs imposed five days ago after foot and mouth disease was discovered in Britain would be lifted.

10 August 2007

THE HAGUE (AFP) - The Dutch ministry of agriculture on Thursday announced that a ban on the transport of cows and pigs imposed five days ago after foot and mouth disease was discovered in Britain would be lifted.

The ban will be lifted after Dutch officials complete a final check of all farms here that have received cattle transports from Britain, to make sure there are no signs of the disease. This is expected to be around noon on Friday.

But the ministry said a ban on the transport of goats and sheep would remain in place, because the symptoms of foot and mouth disease were more difficult to spot in those animals.

Foot and mouth disease owes its name to the lesions it causes on the inside of the mouth and on the hoofs of animals affected.

It is often spread on clothing, particularly shoes, but also by vehicles and agricultural tools, and there are rare examples of it having been wind-borne.

[Copyright AFP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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