Britain lifts foot and mouth controls in Sussex

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LONDON, Oct 16 (Reuters) A temporary control zone in East Sussex, southern England, was lifted today after negative laboratory tests for foot and mouth disease, Britain's farm ministry said.

Movement controls were imposed yesterday after suspect signs of the disease in sheep.

The current outbreak in England was first reported at a farm in Surrey in southeast England on August 3 and all subsequent cases have been within that area.

There have been several suspected cases outside that area but all have proved to be false alarms.

Britain's farm ministry said earlier this month that it did not expect any further cases of the disease which has been traced back to a government research facility just a few kms from the first infected farm.

REUTERS GL RK1912

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