British officials are pursuing the possibility that latest outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease could be the result of sabotage, the Times reports. They've ruled out water leaks spreading the virus from a research lab to nearby farms,and have concluded that "release by human movement must be considered a real possibility," said a report prepared for Gordon Brown.
Investigators are now focusing on the possibility of equipment failure or a security breach—either accidental or deliberate. They're looking at "a number of bio security issues" at the lab operations. One is run by a government-funded research organization and the other, at the same site, is owned by the Merial pharmaceutical company.