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Bluetongue

APHA: There are 86 bluetongue cases in England on 48 premises in 3 counties. There is still no evidence that bluetongue virus is currently circulating in midges in Great Britain. Surveillance is ongoing.

Bluetongue affects:

  • sheep
  • cattle
  • other ruminants such as deer and goats
  • camelids such as llamas and alpacas

Rarely, bluetongue can affect dogs and other carnivores if they eat infected material (such as aborted material and afterbirth).

It does not affect people or food safety, but outbreaks can result in prolonged animal movement and trade restrictions.

Livestock keepers must remain vigilant and follow the restrictions on animal movements. More information, including how to spot and report the disease is available on GOV.UK: https://www.gov.uk/bluetongue.