Britain concerned about possible new foot and mouth outbreak

LONDON Thu Aug 9, 2007 7:35pm EDT

1 of 2. The entrance of the Institute for Animal Health laboratory is seen in Pirbright, near Guildford, southern England August 9, 2007. Health officials said on Thursday they were probing a suspected case of legionnaire's disease contracted by a person who had spent time at a laboratory at the centre of a foot and mouth disease outbreak.

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LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Chief Veterinary Officer said on Friday that there were concerns about a possible further outbreak of foot and mouth disease south-west of London, beyond a surveillance zone set up around a previous outbreak.

Debby Reynolds said tests had not yet been carried out and emphasized that there were only "mild clinical signs of infection".

However, if confirmed it would mark a spread of the disease that the farming industry had hoped had been contained.