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Under control

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By Laura Spinney The UK epidemic of foot-and-mouth disease is finally being brought under control, Prime Minister Tony Blair said on Thursday. He made his announcement on the day the British general election was to have been held, before it was delayed due to the outbreak. “The battle is not over yet but I believe we are on the home straight,” Blair told reporters at Downing Street. However, he also warned: “We cannot in any way be complacent. It is essential that we remain vigilant.” But opposition MPs claim the announcement was timed to strengthen the government’s position in an expected June election. Shadow agriculture minister Tim Yeo said: “We must not relax policy until it is safe to do so merely because there may be an election coming up.” Blair’s statement came as the total number of confirmed cases of the disease in the UK stood at 1 538. The number of new infections now averages around 11 per day and continues to fall from a peak of over 40 per day at the end of March. The average daily number of new cases is now halving in every two-week period. Over 2.5 million animals have been condemned as a result of the outbreak Figures from the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food show the backlog of slaughtered animals is now being cleared. In Devon, where 83,000 carcasses were waiting to be burned one week ago, the last remaining carcasses were expected to be thrown on funeral pyres later on Thursday. On Wednesday, 2 May, the government’s chief scientific advisor, David King, told a House of Commons select committee on science and technology that there were important lessons to be learned from the disaster. He suggested that the difficulty in tracing sheep movements had been one factor hampering the control of the disease. Related stories: