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Thursday, 27 September, 2001, 16:09 GMT 17:09 UK
Disease restrictions extended
Foot-and-mouth restrictions
Nationally, 2,028 cases have been recorded
Foot-and-mouth restrictions have been introduced in Lancashire and North Yorkshire after a fresh outbreak of the disease in neighbouring Cumbria.

Farmers in both counties will now have to follow strict guidelines, which include cleaning and disinfecting all vehicles entering and leaving their land.

Disease facts
Total UK cases: 2028
Slaughtered 3,903,000
Awaiting slaughter: 4,000
Awaiting disposal: 2,000

The latest case at Low Bank House Farm in Barbon, in the Penrith Spur area of Cumbria, was confirmed by officials from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) on Wednesday.

Defra scientists say they are now trying to establish whether the case is isolated, or the start of a new larger outbreak.

The village has been declared as off-limits to members of the public unless it is "absolutely necessary".

More than 800 animals have been slaughtered at the infected farm and at three other premises identified as dangerous contacts.


The regional operations director for the Defra in Cumbria, Ray Anderson, said: "This is a very worrying development and we are determined to hit it hard and fast.

"In the meantime, we would request the patience and support of local people for the measures we have put in place and for people from outside not to visit the village of Barbon unless absolutely necessary."

The total number of cases in Cumbria has risen to 891. Nationally, 2,028 cases have been recorded.

There are more cattle and sheep than usual in Cumbria because of movement restrictions, and it is feared this could help the disease spread rapidly.

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