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Derrick Pride, owner of the first herd to be culled, said in a statement he was shocked and devastated by the outbreak.
"It feels as if my whole world has been turned upside down," he said. The findings of a probe into the source of the outbreak at his farm are due later.
The Health and Safety Executive found there was a "negligible" risk it had been spread by the wind or flooding.
But its report said the disease could have been the result of human movement or "accidental or deliberate transfer".
Source: Outbreak source link to lab
Originally posted by pk1yen
But if the company creating the vaccines did release the virus ... they did a pretty bad job of it - releasing it near their own lab?
Maybe a rival vaccine company trying to frame them by releasing it there?
Dr King, a former head of molecular biology at the IAH, said that biosecurity was so tight that he felt the outbreak had to have been caused deliberately. He told The Times: “As far as I am concerned the authorities have failed to find any chink in the armoury of the establishment’s bio-security. What you are left with is human movement, which is not a matter for the institute, it’s a police matter. It’s very, very unlikely that it could be spread by accident. People do not spread the disease easily.”
THE deliberate release of viral material, possibly in an act of sabotage, may have caused the foot-and-mouth disease outbreak in southern England.
A worker in protective clothing gives directions as a destroyed cow is loaded into a truck at a farm in southern England, yesterday
The British Health and Safety Executive said in a report ordered by Prime Minister Gordon Brown that "release by human movement (of the FMD virus) must be considered a real possibility".
Opposition environment spokesman Peter Ainsworth said: "It is no surprise but nonetheless shocking that the report identifies a major bio-security failure at a government laboratory and a laboratory licensed by DEFRA as the two most likely sources of the outbreak of this disease."
it's more than 30 days since the last confirmed outbreak. The incubation period for foot and mouth is 2 to 14 days."