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'Ireland doing everything necessary to stop foot and mouth' - Agri Minister

Published 05/08/2007

The Agriculture Minister will meet with officials in her Department again today to discuss measures aimed at preventing an outbreak of Foot and Mouth disease in Ireland.

Emergency procedures were implemented yesterday after it emerged that cattle at a farm in Surrey had been infected with the virus.

The import of live animals and animal products from Britain is now banned, and disinfectant measures are being put in place in ports and airports.

Minister Mary Coughlan has said that they are doing everything necessary to prevent the spread of the disease.

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