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Bluetongue infection approaching UK from France

Staff Writer |
Although bluetongue has not been seen since 2008 in the UK, the number of cases have continued to increase in France, and move northwards, with trade restrictions now in place in Calais and Brittany.

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According to Defra, the risk of bluetongue infection in herds remains “low”, which reflects the cold weather, wind direction and low likelihood of virus circulation in local midge populations in the UK.

However, this may change as temperatures rise and the chances of infected midges being blown across the Channel increases later in the year.

Defra said it would continue to monitor the situation in France and report any further updates from the French authorities.

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