The VMD has arranged for two botulism vaccines to be available for import into the UK after the previous vaccine became unavailable.

The VMD has arranged for two botulism vaccines to be available for import into the UK after the previous vaccine became unavailable.

The botulism vaccine Singvac was being imported under licence from Australia, but is no longer available for export to the UK.

Two new vaccines, Ultravac Botulinum from Pfizer Animal Health and Botulism Vaccine from Onderstepoort Biological Products Ltd, are now approved for vets to import into the UK under the VMD’s Special Treatment Certificate scheme. In advance of applying to the VMD for a Special Treatment Certificate for any product it is recommended that vets contact the supplier to ensure that sufficient stock is available to meet your needs.

Botulism is a serious disease of cattle and sheep and there have been cases in cattle, particularly in Northern Ireland and Scotland. The Food Standards Agency consider there is little risk to humans from these incidents because different strains of botulism are associated with illness in humans and animals and affected animals are not allowed to enter the food chain.

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Helen Cregan
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Helen Cregan
5 months 8 days ago

We have a herd in Ireland down with botulism
We have no vaccine in EU.
Can you give me update on this vaccine and can we
Get it.
My number us **************

Many thanks
Helen Cregan

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5 months 7 days ago

Hi Helen,

We are a publishing company and, as such, cannot offer an answer to this question. We can only suggest you contact your local vet to ask about importing vaccines.

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