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From NFU Bulletin for Devon: 21 September 2001:

Signs of recent disease found near Tiverton: On Wednesday, DEFRA received the results of routine surveillance blood tests from a flock near Tiverton.

The results showed an alarmingly high proportion of the sheep tested (90 out of 130) had FMD antibodies, indicating that at some stage, possibly recently, the sheep had fought off disease.

The flock have been slaughtered, with a "probang" sample of throat tissue being taken from each sheep to test for live virus. Blood samples have been taken from cattle on the farm. The results of these tests should be known next week.

No further action is being taken at this stage.

As Roger, my neighbour said: 'when they tourists is gone whoam...'

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