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By Emma Young A British slaughterman suspected of contracting foot and mouth disease may have swallowed fluid from an exploding infected carcass. On Tuesday, the Public Health Laboratory Service also announced that a further two people are being tested for the disease, but no details have yet been released. The results of the tests on these three people will not be known for at least a week, says a spokeswoman for the PHLS. But the PHLS has already tested samples from six people suspected of having contracted the disease during the current epidemic – all have proved negative. Several common human viruses in the Coxsackie A group – also known as hand, foot and mouth disease – can produce similar symptoms. Other viral infections which can be confused with animal foot and mouth disease are herpes simplex and vesicular stomatitis. Only one person in the UK, and only around people 40 worldwide, have previously been diagnosed with foot and mouth. 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 slaughterman is believed to have been assisting in the clear-up of decomposing animals culled in Cumbria. According to a government spokeswoman, the man was shifting the carcass when it exploded, and fluid entered his mouth. The two other new suspected cases are in other parts of the country, says the PHLS. But the government stresses 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. Over two million animals have been slaughtered since the current outbreak began, and another 232,000 are awaiting slaughter. Related stories: