Foot and Mouth

Frequently Asked Questions for this Service

Question: What disinfectant are you using?

Answer: We are using a disinfectant which is recommended by the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) as required by law.

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Question: I haven't had to disinfect anywhere else on my journey, why now?

Answer: The Island is in a unique position of being able to disinfect most vehicles and foot passengers that travel here.

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Question: Is it dangerous?

Answer: It is not dangerous to use the mats, however it may irritate skin if touched.

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Question: How long will this go on for?

Answer: The need for disinfection will be constantly reviewed and will be carried out for as long as required.

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Question: Why was it not done sooner?

Answer: Disinfection measures are carried out on a risk basis, the Island remains a low risk area.

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Question: What can I do to help as a member of the public?

Answer: If visiting the countryside, make sure you close all the gates behind you. If visiting farms, be aware of the importance of disinfecting.

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Question: I wish to make a complaint, who do I complain to?

Answer: If you wish to make a complaint, please contact the Isle of Wight Council on (01983) 821000.

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Question: How is it spread?

Answer: It can be spread by anything that comes into contact with the disease, for example, animals, footwear and vehicles.

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Question: Do I have to walk through the disinfectant?

Answer: You don't have to, but in order for the precautionary measures to be effective we need the co-operation of the public as much as possible.

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Question: Are there any footpath restrictions on the Island?

Answer: You can still visit the countryside, however farmers may choose to restrict access to their land or cancel events as a precaution.

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Question: Why are we disinfecting?

Answer: It is a precautionary measure against Foot & Mounth disease reaching the Island.

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