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Bluetongue 'no immediate threat' to Scottish Farmers

29 September 2007

SCOTLAND - Scottish farms face no immediate danger from the bluetongue virus, according to the country's chief vet.

This further relaxation will give our farmers and the livestock industry a much needed boost

Richard Lochhead
Rural Affairs Secretary

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has confirmed the virus is circulating in the UK following cases in Suffolk.

A fifth case has been confirmed near Ipswich, close to the site where the disease was first confirmed.

Charles Milne, Scotland's chief veterinary officer, called for increased vigilance.

Mr Milne said: "The confirmation of circulating bluetongue virus in East Anglia is of concern, but has no immediate disease implications for Scotland.

"We will continue to work closely with all UK administrations to monitor the situation and identify any implications for Scotland.

"Vigilance for signs of disease remains vital and livestock keepers should report any suspicions to their local animal health office."

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Source: BBC News


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