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Anthrax farm is given all-clear
Ynys Gau farm
Seven animals died of anthrax at Ynys Gau farm 35 years ago
A farm which was under restrictions after two cows died of anthrax has been given the all-clear.

Twenty days after its last anthrax death, restrictions ended at Ynys Gau farm, at Gwaelod-y-Garth, near Cardiff.

The public had been banned from going on or near the farm and the movement of animals was halted.

Experts have ruled out an external source and believe it is due to a ground source. The farm also tested positive for anthrax 35 years ago.

The herd has been closely monitored and there have been no further cases.

The risk to users of the public rights of way and pets following the lifting of restrictions is minimal
Wales' chief vet Christianne Glossop

Restrictions on movement of animals on and off the farm were introduced on 19 April, with people also barred from going near the land.

Dr Christianne Glossop, the chief veterinary officer for Wales, said officials had concluded that restrictions could be lifted from Friday.

"I am sure the farmer affected will be very glad to be able to resume his normal business and we have given him advice and directions on how to manage the field which we believe to be the source of the outbreak," she said.

Footpaths
Footpaths crossing the farm were closed for three weeks
"The risk to users of the public rights of way and pets following the lifting of restrictions is minimal.

"Illness in humans is usually caused by direct contact with diseased animals, and the possibility of infection from spores in soil is extremely remote."

The anthrax was discovered following the sudden deaths of six cows at Ynys Gau farm.

Health and safety

Farmers are required to report the sudden and unexpected death of livestock, and routine testing revealed two of the cows had died of anthrax.

The carcasses of the two animals with anthrax were incinerated on the farm. The other four animals were incinerated elsewhere, with the workers there advised of health and safety procedures.

The risk to users of the local river had been described as "negligible," while the danger to walkers and their paths after restrictions were lifted would be "minimal".

Anthrax occurs usually in wild and domestic animals in Asia, Africa and parts of Europe, but humans are said to be rarely infected.

Seven animals died in the 1971 anthrax case at Ynys Gau.

The last case of the disease in Britain was in 2002 when a cow died at a farm in Wrexham, north Wales.




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