Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Bluetongue virus update

To update from Rebecca's October 4th post...

Bluetongue tests prove negative at two farms in north Shropshire and Greater Manchester where the virus was suspected to have spread. Although this is a zoonotic disease, it has serious human impact because positive tests mean new and challenging restrictions for livestock farmers across most of Wales, north west England, and around the Bristol Channel.

Bluetongue is largely a virus of sheep and cattle.

The 1st case of bluetongue in the UK was detected last September at a farm near Ipswich. Signs of the disease
in species vary, but include a high fever, excessive salivation, neck and head swelling, lameness, and sometimes
tongue discolouration.

Source: BBC News


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