Lastly, farmers are asked to consider pre-vaccinating their flock or herd against the relevant strains of bluetongue
before introducing new animals to their holding.
The nation's three chief veterinary officers said: "Bluetongue
does not pose a threat to human health or food safety, but the disease can have a serious impact on farming productivity by causing infertility in sheep, and reduced milk yields in dairy cattle.
Chief Veterinary Officer for Wales, Christianne Glossop said: "Following the identification of bluetongue
virus in imported cattle I'd like to remind Welsh farmers to be vigilant for signs of the disease.
is a viral infection of both domestic and wild ruminants transmitted by Culicoides spp.
The epidemiology of bluetongue
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Two million additional doses of the Bluetongue
serotype 8 (BTV- 8) vaccine have been delivered.
Britain's first case of bluetongue
was found on a farm in Ipswich in September.
All imports of susceptible animals from restricted areas in EU member states affected by Bluetongue
are currently banned.
disease was discovered in South Africa, but has spread to several other countries.
Farmers across Wales were urged to remain vigilant last night as Prime Minister Gordon Brown revealed 11 cases of bluetongue
disease in England.
FARMERS affected by the bluetongue
outbreak will receive help - financial or otherwise - from the Government, Gordon Brown indicated yesterday.
A THIRD cow yesterday tested positive for bluetongue
in the UK.