Vaccination provides the greatest security against loss should there be  resurgence of Bluetongue this year. Livestock keepers are encouraged to take the advice of their vet when making vaccination decisions

We strongly encourage all livestock farmers to remain vigilant and report any clinical signs of disease. Even those who have already vaccinated against BTV8 need to be remain vigilant.

The disease, caused by a virus spread by midges, affects ruminants but not pigs, horses or humans. The whole of Great Britain is in the BTV 8 zone. All movement licence conditions for Bluetongue must be complied with.

If you suspect signs of any notifiable disease, you must immediately notify your local Animal Health Office. If you need further information or advice not covered by these pages please contact the Defra Helpline on 08459 33 55 77 which is open between 8.00am to 6.00pm Monday to Friday.

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Page last modified: 4 June 2010