Over 2'000 more British tourists were disinfected against foot-and-mouth at Palma airport over the past two days as the precautionary measures continue until at least March 9, when the operation will be reviewed. But while the authorities are doing all they can in a bid to stop the highly contagious disease from reaching the Balearics, farmers were yesterday urged to take every precaution possible to prevent foot-and-mouth entering the country. There were even calls from the agricultural sector and the PSOE opposition party, for all visitors to Spain, wherever they have come from, to be disinfected as the disease spreads across Europe. For a busy airport such as Palma, a blanket operation would be highly complicated, but considering Germany and France have reported cases and parts of Scandinavia have suspected outbreaks, the majority of passengers coming through the airport are from infected countries. Government spokesperson, Juan José Lucas, said in Madrid yesterday that the risks are getting greater “by the day”, especially with such a high level of movement of people in and around the European Union. This morning top level talks are to be held on mad cow and foot-and-mouth in Madrid.

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