Bluetongue zone extended

PUBLISHED: 17:09 13 February 2008 | UPDATED: 08:21 28 March 2014

FEBRUARY 10, 2008: The bluetongue
restricted zone has been extended into Devon and south east Wales after
confirmation of the disease on a farm near Poole in Dorset.

For the first time, parts of Wales are now within 150km of a confirmed case of Bluetongue disease.

In accordance with the UK Bluetongue Control Strategy and EU legislation, these parts are now in a restricted zone.

The same restrictions apply as in the surveillance zone which covers a large part of South East England and the Midlands.

Currently, animals can move from the zone into a disease free area

subject to a negative pre-movement test. Once the 'vector free period'

is over farmers within the restricted and surveillance zone will not be

able to take their animals into the disease free area unless they are

going direct to slaughter at an authorised slaughterhouse.

Animals can be taken into the zone from a free area but cannot

return unless there is another "vector-free period". Animals can travel

within the zones.

"We are working in close partnership with stakeholders in order to

minimise the economic impact of this development and to keep Wales

disease-free. We are in agreement that the current Restricted Zone does

not, at this time, need to be extended further into Wales. The

situation will be kept under constant review."

Chief Veterinary Officer for Wales, Dr Christianne Glossop, said: "I

urge the farming industry to comply with movement restrictions as

announced today. First each farmer needs to find out whether their own

livestock are now within the newly defined restricted zone."

The Welsh Assembly government has ordered 2.5m doses of the bluetongue vaccine which will become available later this year.

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