An ARS microbiologist with a lifetime of experience studying FMD, Brown worked with APHIS' Juan Lubroth to pinpoint a protein in the FMD virus
that's present in the virus' early days of self-reproduction, but not in the final virus particle.
Angus Collingwood-Cameron, Country Landowners' Association's North-East director, said: "The news of a possible FMD virus
leak spread a ripple of panic through an incredulous livestock industry.
The objective of the EC project is to prevent the entry of the FMD virus
from infected areas outside Europe, with a focus on neighbouring countries such as Iran, Iraq, Turkey, and the Caucasus region.
1) of the FMD Virus
(FMDV) to its highest level in 52 years.
The four-week period will ensure that any FMD virus
on the land will decay to a level which is unlikely to cause other animals to be infected.
According to the report, the FMD virus
probably entered the UK from another country "via an illegallyimported contaminated food product.
Despite these measures Merial judged that the valve had been leaking, allowing an unintended probable release of live FMD virus
into the contained drainage system, which was then pumped to the final chemical treatment facility without being heat treated," Mr Benn said.
We are trying to motivate US government officials to consider oral interferon as an economic alternative to the slaughter of livestock if FMD virus
is introduced in the USA.
While initial investigations indicate that sheep carrying the FMD virus
passed through some marts, it was meat brought into the country that was the prime cause.
The sheep industry problems have been caused by a leak of FMD virus
from a Government-owned lab.
If FMD virus
is introduced by terrorists in multiple locations," said Dr.
According to the NBA this means a thorough examination of whether it is right to continue to manufacture FMD virus
on the Pirbright site - and if it is whether it is possible to do so without any risk of disastrous spillage.