FOOT AND MOUTH DISEASE IN SURREY – PROTECTING SCOTTISH INTERESTS
The recent outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease in Surrey has had far reaching consequences. As Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs I wanted to write to assure you of the efforts we are taking to respond to this situation and the efforts we are taking to mitigate its far reaching effects on the livestock sector. In this the Scottish Government is ever vigilant, and prepared, for the introduction of exotic animal diseases into Scotland. In this we work very closely with the other Governments of the UK. We were informed late on the 3rd of August of the suspected case of foot and mouth disease in Surrey. The Scottish Government reacted quickly following confirmation to protect Scotland’s interests and to ensure that all measures necessary to minimise the risk of disease spread were taken.