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Originally posted by shrunkensimon
Just been watching the BBC news;
There was a person from some agency being interviewed, and the news reporter made the point afterwards that the person being interviewed specifically made referrence to a "leak" from a facility being one probable cause. For them to even state this suggests that it is probably the case.
To answer my own question, yes, there is a facility close to where the outbreak has occured. It now becomes quite apparent that this probably is sabotage.. but why now is the question.. what need is there for this at the current time?..
[edit on 4-8-2007 by shrunkensimon]
Disease strain linked to nearby lab
The outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease on a farm in Surrey is being linked to a nearby animal research laboratory, with fears the virus could have leaked from the facility.
Officials from the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) said the strain detected in cattle is the same as one being used at the Pirbright lab a few miles from the infected area.
An accidental leak of an experimental vaccine from a private research site was being investigated urgently last night as the likely source of Britain's new foot and mouth disease outbreak.
Scientists made a breakthrough last night as they identified the strain of the virus as one which is not naturally occurring, but is a vaccine strain, and has never been seen before in Europe. This enabled investigators to link the outbreak to a company which lies less than three miles down the road from the source of the outbreak.
Originally posted by bodrul
where they still getting cattle feed from India?
since the last out break was due to contamintaed feed which was made from waste productucts from the gangees (human and animal bones and other waste products )
Edit: guess it was the americans this time
[edit on 5-8-2007 by bodrul]
The government has imposed a ban on the movement of all livestock in England, Scotland and Wales while the European Commission has banned live animal exports from the UK. A commission spokesman said there was no need for individual EU countries to take trade action against the UK.
I had also read that the missing vial was from a level-4 bio facility, which seems a little strange as level-4 is usually used for the nastiest of organisms such as smallpox, Anthrax, Ebola etc. Makes one wonder if someone has been tinkering with FMD and this was a deliberate release by someone, prompting the drastic culling before it got out any further, or perhaps crossed to the human population.
Foot and Mouth Virus Released From Government Lab
Russian news agency ITAR-TASS is reporting that the release of the virus ame after an "international drill" last month that was held at Pirbright laboratory, in which live virus was used. Real attacks are always shadowed by drills to provide culpable deniability.
The strain of foot and mouth disease that has put Britain on high alert has been identified as originating from a government laboratory which is shared with an American pharmaceutical company, mirroring the deadly outbreak of 2001 and potentially signaling a new wave of agraterrorism intended to cripple the farming community.
As was the case in 2001, when a vial of foot and mouth virus that was "stolen" from a government bio-weapons laboratory caused untold misery for thousands of farmers and devastated the industry, the origin of the latest outbreak traces directly back to a government research facility.