Foot and Mouth Outbreak Traced to Lab

Vaccine may have leaked and spread to nearby farm
By Sam Biddle,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 5, 2007 11:13 AM CDT
A British police officer watches a truck believed to be transporting the carcasses of the slaughtered cows from a cattle farm, where an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease was diagnosed Friday, near Guildford,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – An English research lab is the likely source of a recent outbreak of foot and mouth disease, the Guardian reports. British government officials believe a batch of experimental vaccine leaked and spread to a nearby farm. Scientists were tipped to the possible leak by the fact that the strain of the virus is not one that occurs naturally, but is a vaccine strain.

The company is just three miles from the farm where the outbreak occurred.
A 10km "surveillance zone" has been established around the farm, to avoid a reprise of the catastrophic foot and mouth breakout in 2001 that cost the nation billions.