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An “isolated case” of anthrax has been confirmed on a farm in Wiltshire, Defra has announced.

The case – the first recorded in Great Britain since 2006 – occurred this month on a farm in Westbury, and was discovered following the death of a beef cow.

No other animals had been affected, Defra said, and no cattle from the field entered the food chain. Movement restrictions have been imposed at the farm and the animal’s carcase has been incinerated, it added.

The risk of infection to those in close contact with the animal was very low, said Public Health England’s deputy director of health protection Mike Wade.

“We are in touch with any potential contacts to offer public health advice. There is no risk to the wider community,” he said.

Anthrax is a bacterial disease which primarily affects herbivorous animals, although all mammals are susceptible to infection. Human cases of anthrax are very rare – with the last case occurring in 2008.