A further foot and mouth disease temporary control zone has today been set up on premises in Petersfield, Hampshire.

Defra says there are currently six infected premises, a temporary control zone on the Hampshire/West Sussex border and a further temporary control zone has today been established at a premises in Hampshire.

A slaughter on suspicion for foot and mouth disease is taking place at a premises within the existing Egham Protection Zone.

Defra has also today published the latest foot and mouth disease epidemiology report produced by the National Epidemiology Emergency Group.

It concludes that there is a link between the August and September cases with a premises probably being infected by mechanical transmission, either from the Pirbright site or one of the first two outbreaks in the Elstead area.

Two foot and mouth risk areas will come into effect from 3.30pm tomorrow (Tuesday 25 September).

Risk Area: consisting of Essex, Kent, East and West Sussex, Hampshire, Surrey, Berkshire, Hertfordshire, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Greater London.

Low Risk Area: The rest of England, Wales and Scotland. In England, farm to farm movements will be allowed also from 3.30pm Tuesday 25 September under stringent conditions and subject to high levels of biosecurity with enforcement by Local Authorities.