- LONDON(Itar-Tass) -- The
source of foot-and-mouth disease found in southern Britain is a U.S. pharmaceutical
company, the Mail on Sunday weekly reported.
- British specialists said the strain of food-and-mouth
disease found in cattle on a farm in the county of Surry, was similar to
the one used at a nearby laboratory.
- The government-funded Institute for Animal Health's Pirbright
Laboratory, which is studying the disease, is located some six kilometers
from the affected farm.
- A number of sources reported that it hosted an international
drill last month during which live viruses of foot-and-mouth disease were
- The virus was detected at one of the Surrey farms last
Friday. All the 60 cattle were culled, and authorities have been checking
other farms in close proximity.
- The incubation period of this strain of the virus is
three to five days.
- From Patricia Doyle, PhD
- Jeff - The main thing is to make the lab admit to it.
They need to take responsibility. I would surely hate to see small and
mid-size family farmers go out of business due to biosecurity lapse at
the lab. If this outbreak is not contained, I hope there will be international
support for the Surrey farmers.
- If the leak took place at the lab, and went north, there
is always the possibility that passing trucks heading south might pick
up the virus and spread it as they pass farms. FMD is a virus that not
only spreads on the wind, quite easily, but can be carried on shoes (reason
for closing of walking paths) and on tires, etc. Last time around we found
out that the FMD virus was spreading farm to farm via veterinary personnel.
The virus simply attached itself to shoes and clothing and tires etc.
- We need to find out if there have been any open air experiments.
If I remember correctly, the UBI vaccine trials included 3 groups. One
group was vaccinated with the synthetic vaccine (UBI) and the other group
was given the FMD vaccine currently in use and the third group was not
given any vaccine. The three groups were challenged with live FMD virus.
According to records, the control group, i.e. no vaccine group, all came
down with FMD. I forget how many contracted FMD in the other two groups.
The problem might have been caused in the control group, i.e. we now had
pigs with FMD needing to be euthanized and disposed of. I found that the
time of the end of the UBI experiment was end of August/beginning of Sept,
a time when I believe FMD actually got loose in 2000. Most officials discounted
the UBI experiment and considered my theory rubbish. This also protected
UBI, later Meriel from paying off any farmers for compensation.
- Hopefully, we will learn more about how the virus escaped
the IAH lab. We really need to find out WHAT FMD experiments and exercises
have been going on, let's say going back to June 2007. My guess is a current
experiment or one that ended in July.
- I must also point out that Meriel and UBI were connected
back in 2001. I think Meriel may have incorporated UBI, I will have to
check on it. HOWEVER, maybe now, health officials will take a second look
at my data on the UBI experiments prior to the last FMD outbreak in 2000/01.
I still believe, as do others, that the UBI vaccine trials led to the
2000/01 FMD outbreak in the UK.
- Patricia A. Doyle DVM, PhD
- Bus Admin, Tropical Agricultural Economics
- Univ of West Indies
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