In reply to All:
Being involved closely with 7 farms here in the North West, I am vermin control officer, I can tell you that there is no panic at the moment, just nervous aprehension. The email I received yesterday stated “The F&M outbreak in the South is a contained issue and until We (DEFRA) release news to the contrary you may continue your activities as normal in your area”
I have received another email this morning stating that the second infection case is within the 3km infection zone of the first and as such does not represent a mass infection scenario at present, and I am able to continue as normal until requested otherwise.
It is a very nervous time for farmers and no one wants to see a repeat of 2001, but there is a possibility it may happen. The vaccine is already available to be deployed nationwide, something which didnt happen last time, so if DEFRA feel that this may reach epidemic proportions then the vaccine will be deployed to try and prevent a repeat of 2001.
Thats the most up to date info I have, but in reply to the original thread subject, I personally feel that up here in the North we are still ok to enjoy the countryside, but with proviso that should a farmer ask you to leave the land then do so. Pretty simple I think.
Then we just wait to see what develops.