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Foot and mouth plea to ramblers

The Royal Veterinary College has appealed to walkers not to use footpaths across its land and adjoining land.

It comes as more cases of foot and mouth disease are reported.

Britain has halted the movement of livestock and closed abattoirs and markets amid fears that the outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease is spreading.

The Ramblers' Association has urged its members to stay out of the countryside. Farmers in parts of the south east have been erecting notices asking the public not to use rights of way across their land.

Government vets have cordoned off a number of farms in Essex and have placed restrictions on the movement of livestock.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food has placed a form of quarantine restrictions on upwards of 600 UK farms.

In an e-mail to this site's Have Your Say section, John Fisher of the Royal Veterinary College in Hawkshead Lane, has appealed for the public's help in trying to stop the spread of the disease.

“We would like to urge everyone to support the current national advice - notably for people not to visit countryside areas for the time being: in particular for RVC we would be very grateful if people would not use public footpaths across our and adjoining land, not walk on our land with or without dogs, etc etc. Your help and support would be much appreciated,” he wrote.

February 23, 2001

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