Bluetongue zone extended

MARCH 20, 2008: The Bluetongue Protection Zone has been extended after more infected animals were found.

Defra yesterday confirmed changes to the Protection and Surveillance Zones following confirmation of disease on premises in the current zones.It said: "In accordance with the UK Bluetongue Control Strategy and EU legislation, one case in Hertfordshire requires the Protection Zoneto be extended further into Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire. "A separate case found in the Surveillance Zone has required theProtection Zone to extend further into Norfolk and Lincolnshire, andthe Surveillance Zone further into North and West Yorkshire"The infected animals were found as a result of pre-movement testingrequired to move animals out of zones in the vector-free period,which ended on March 15."All evidence suggests that these animals were infected before thevector-free period."