Defra have stated the exact location of the suspected outbreak was a property on Stroude Road in the town.

Egham is situated is on the A30, about 18 miles from central London.

A Defra spokesman has said: “The disease has not been confirmed at present. This is just a suspected case. Test results are expected later but we cannot confirm at what time.”

The authorities have set up a 10km control zone around the affected site, and a slaughter of suspect animals has been ordered.

Prime minister, Gordon Brown, will head a meeting of the Cobra emergency committee at 17:00hrs today, just four days since the government declared the previous FMD outbreak was over.

Further updates as we get them.