A suspected case of foot and mouth disease is being investigated in Solihull, West Midlands.

A temporary control zone has been set up around a site in Solihull as a precautionary measure and an assessment of clinical symptoms had been carried out, Defra said.

Yesterday, chief veterinary officer Debby Reynolds urged farmers to check their animals twice a day for signs of the disease. The outbreak has so far been contained to five sites in Surrey, and “containment and eradication” of the disease was Defra's top priority, she added.