Bluetongue zone extended

PUBLISHED: 09:14 20 March 2008 | UPDATED: 08:23 28 March 2014

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 Zone
to be extended further into Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire.

"A separate case found in the Surveillance Zone has required the
Protection Zone to extend further into Norfolk and Lincolnshire, and
the Surveillance Zone further into North and West Yorkshire

"The infected animals were found as a result of pre-movement testing
required 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 the
vector-free period."

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