Two new bluetongue control zones established

Defra has today confirmed that bluetongue has been found on two premises, one near Peterborough, Cambridgeshire and one near Ashford, Kent.

These cases are within the current bluetongue protection zone.

In line with the UK bluetongue control strategy and EU legislation, control zones have been put in place around these two new cases, while investigations are undertaken to determine the disease situation. The existing protection zone has also been extended accordingly.

Fred Landeg, deputy chief veterinary officer, said: "This is obviously unwelcome news for the farming industry, however, given the nature of this disease and its means of spread, this is not entirely unexpected. We will carry out further investigations on these farms, and in the surrounding area to assess the disease situation and possible sources of incursion.

"Once again, we are grateful for the vigilance of farmers in reporting disease, and urge them to remain vigilant. We will continue to work with our core industry group to assess the disease situation and develop the disease control strategy in partnership with the farming industry."

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