The first confirmed case of foot-and-mouth in the Republic of Ireland was confirmed on Thursday. Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern said two samples taken from a flock of sheep near Jenkinstown in County Louth, close to the border with Northern Ireland, had tested positive for the livestock virus. On Wednesday, 138 sheep were slaughtered there as a precautionary measure against the disease and the Irish Agriculture Minister Joe Walsh has announced a temporary ban on all Irish exports of live animals and animal products. The farm is within the surveillance zone put into place after Northern Ireland's only confirmed outbreak of the disease was discovered at Meigh in south Armagh. In the UK, the scientist forecasting the size of the foot-and-mouth outbreak for the UK Government has predicted the number of cases will not peak until early May. Professor Roy Anderson said, "I think everybody is in agreement - the government, the farming community and independent scientists - that this epidemic is not under control at the current point of time." The UK confirmed 19 new cases of foot-and-mouth on Thursday bringing the current total to 454.