Foot and Mouth

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 7th November 2001.

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Photo of Adam Price Adam Price Plaid Cymru, Carmarthen East and Dinefwr

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many of the cases of FMD in sheep in Wales were diagnosed on the basis of clinical symptoms alone; and how many were confirmed positive by laboratory tests.

Photo of Elliot Morley Elliot Morley Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Since the start of the foot and mouth disease outbreak, the number of infected premises in Wales which had sheep present totals 107. Of these 107 premises, 94 had laboratory tests conducted of with 54 returned positive results.


1. The 107 premises noted above may have contained other animals as well as sheep.

2. A negative lab result does not mean that infection was absent. Each case is confirmed on the basis of a clinical diagnosis of foot and mouth disease by the vet on the farm, supported by convincing clinical evidence.


DEFRA Disease Control System database as at 1 November 2001. The figures may be subject to revision as quality assurance of data is carried out.

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