Vets give UK permission to vaccinate up to 180,000 dairy cattle in Cumbria and Devon against foot and mouth disease
The Standing Veterinary Committee (SVC) agreed on 28 March to allow the United Kingdom to vaccinate up to 180,000 dairy cattle in Cumbria and Devon against foot and mouth disease (FMD). At the same time, the Committee confirmed their strong commitment to the current policy of culling and destroying infected and susceptible animals as well as the strict control of the movement of animals.
Under the conditions set by the Committee, all vaccinated would need to be clearly identified as such in their passports. Vaccinated cattle would not be allow to leave the vaccination zones for more than one year after the last outbreak in the area.
The Committee stressed that there is no support for general preventive vaccination of livestock across the EU. However, the question of preventive vaccination of zoo animals will be discussed in an expert working group on 6 April and by Chief Veterinary Officers of all Member States who meet on 30 April in their meeting of the Council.
The number of UK foot-and-mouth cases have already risen over 700. Two new cases of FMD, involving cattle and goats, were discovered in the same area as the previous five cases in the Netherlands.