Bluetongue continues to be reported in countries throughout Europe, including France, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, North Macedonia, Greece and Italy...
The UK is currently free from this disease, but the Animal Plant and Health Agency (APHA) advise that continued vigilance is essential, given the UK’s proximity to Europe and the real risk of infected midges crossing the channel.
APHA are undertaking surveillance testing of cattle herds in high-risk UK regions to monitor for bluetongue virus. Farms in East Sussex, West Sussex, Dorset, Hampshire, Kent and Essex are being recruited to the survey and APHA are asking vets to encourage their farm clients to participate in this important surveillance work.
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Image: Bluetongue: affected cow ©Belal Hossain