Testing negative

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By Emma Young A British slaughterman who developed the symptoms of foot and mouth disease after swallowing infected fluid from an exploding carcass does not have the disease, tests have revealed. Paul Stamper developed blisters on his tongue and the back of his throat after assisting in the clear-up of decomposing culled carcasses in Cumbria. But several common human viruses can produce symptoms similar to those in foot and mouth-infected animals. The foot and mouth epidemic in the UK has already led to 2.35 million animals being condemned. Stamper is the eighth person to be cleared of suspected foot and mouth infection. The UK Public Health Laboratory Service has tested 13 people for the disease since the epidemic began. The results on five are not yet available. Only one person in the UK, and only around people 40 worldwide, have previously been diagnosed with foot and mouth. The virus normally infects only cattle, sheep and pigs. If it is contracted, the disease is mild in people, causing flu-like symptoms and blisters around the mouth, hands and feet. It usually last no longer than a few weeks. There are no recorded cases of the infection passing between people. The government has stressed that cases of foot and mouth in humans are rare, and even in cases of infection, the health risk is small. The first report of a human apparently infected with foot and mouth dates back to 1695, in Germany. But the first confirmed cases were in 1834, when three vets deliberately infected themselves by drinking unpasteurised milk from infected animals. The only UK case happened in 1967 during the last major foot and mouth epidemic and was also linked to infected milk. A farm machinery salesman developed a temperature, sore throat, blisters on his hands and weals on his tongue. Related stories: