September 18, 2007

DrainageNews - Britain: Foot and mouth disease strikes again - World Socialist Web Site

Previous cases of the disease, at the beginning of August, had occurred within a few miles of the government laboratories at the Institute of Animal Health (IAH), Pirbright in Surrey. Recently published reports confirmed that Pirbright was the source of this last outbreak, and imply that the government were ultimately responsible for allowing a lax biosecurity regime to exist at the site for the last three years at least. The Pirbright site is licensed by the government to handle category four pathogens under the Specified Animals Pathogens Order (SAPO) 1998. Two organisations share the Pirbright site, the government-run Institute of Animal Health (IAH) with 140 staff and Merial Animal Health Ltd with around 80 staff. read me

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