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Key current information

Bluetongue Protection Zone and Surveillance Zone - Declaration and map (pdf 736kb)

Bluetongue confirmed as circulating in South East England

Defra confirmed on 28 September that Bluetongue disease is circulating between the local animal and midge population in East Anglia. The announcement followed epidemiological investigation of several cases of the disease and took account of surveillance results. The first case was detected on 22 September. The disease has now spread to other parts of South East England.

The disease, caused by a virus spread by midges, affects ruminants but not pigs, horses or humans. Check the declarations and maps to see if your premises are in a Zone. All movement licence conditions for Bluetongue must be complied with. Surveillance and epidemiological investigations are continuing.

Latest situation - Information on the latest situation in the UK.
Check if you are affected - See movement guidance and licences

If you suspect signs of any notifiable disease, you must immediately notify your local Divisional Veterinary Manager. If you need further information or advice not covered by these pages please contact the Defra Helpline on 08459 33 55 77 which is currently operating 9am - 5pm, 5 days a week.

Link to the Animal Health website.






Page last modified: 7 January, 2008

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