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Bluetongue Zones Expand and Merge

13 May 2008

UK - At six o'clock yesterday Defra extended and merged the Bluetongue Protection Zones following the delivery of additional doses of the Bluetongue vaccine.

The declaration and map (PDF) (800 KB) which came into force at 06:00, Monday 12 May 2008.

Vaccination is only permitted within the Protection Zone, therefore in accordance with the Bluetongue vaccination plan, the Protection Zones will be merged by extending the zones into all of Hampshire and West Sussex. The Protection Zone will also be extended into all of Lincolnshire, Berkshire and Oxfordshire. The Surveillance Zone is unaffected.

Livestock keepers in the Protection Zone should contact their private vet to place an order. The message is clear “Don’t hesitate, vaccinate”.

Livestock keepers may apply to have land which they occupy within 8km of the Bluetongue Surveillance Zone to be designated as part of that zone.

Defra confirmed on 28 September the circulation of Bluetongue disease between the local animal and midge population in East Anglia. Surveillance and Protection Zones have been established and are extended when necessary.

As at 12:00 on 30 April 2008 there were 127 confirmed premises affected by Bluetongue. The most recent cases were found as a result of pre-movement testing during the vector-free period. This figure will normally be updated weekly on a Friday where necessary.

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