Vets and farmers are being warned the UK is at risk of an outbreak of bluetongue during spring or summer ­– with an outbreak in late summer most likely, the APHA has said, following a risk assessment.

English channel
A bluetongue outbreak in the UK would be the result of infected midges being blown across from France to south-east England.

Specifically, the Government agency is urging farmers to monitor their stock carefully and report any clinical signs of disease immediately following the presence of bluetongue in France.

Robust surveillance

The risk of an incursion in the UK is highly dependent on the level of disease on the continent, the proximity to the UK of European cases and the weather, including temperature and wind direction, APHA said.

An APHA statement said: “We have robust disease surveillance procedures in place and are working closely with the devolved administrations and livestock industry.”

Restriction zones are in place in France to control the spread of the disease, and if bluetongue was found circulating in the UK, similar measures, such as movement restrictions, would be put in place in line with the National Control Strategy across the devolved administrations.

View your activity >

Leave a Reply

Be the First to Comment!

Notify of
avatar

wpDiscuz

related content

Karen Perry describes two new approaches to stabilising the luxated patella in dogs, as well as a new form of subsequent pain relief post-surgery.

20 mins

The EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee seeks to highlight any challenges or opportunities the Government will face in maintaining welfare standards post-Brexit.

3 mins

Infection confirmed in two separate Scottish flocks close to the border with England.

5 mins

Nick Stace has been appointed to the Financial Conduct Authority as a non-executive director, the Government has announced.

4 mins

Anna Bruguera looks at bovine viral diarrhoea, its transmission, recognising clinical signs and UK eradication schemes in place.

34 mins

Andrew Kent looks at the aetiology, diagnosis, treatment options and monitoring of this common condition presenting in dogs

30 mins