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French Cattle Brought to Wales Have Bluetongue

18 September 2008

UK - Two imported cattle have tested positive for the deadly animal disease bluetongue, the Assembly Government revealed last night.
The animals, in a group of seven, were brought to Wales from the Limoges region of central France, and the disease was detected during post-import testing carried out on British soil.

Both animals tested positive for the type eight strain of the disease, and Assembly officials say a further case was last night being investigated.

Restrictions have already been put in place at the premises in Ruthin in Denbighshire, where were the cattle were being housed. Last night, Wales’ chief veterinary officer Dr Christianne Glossop spoke out about the number of animals being imported to England and Wales.

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Source: WalesOnline


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