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Farmers urged to be vigilant for bluetongue

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Livestock farmers – particularly those on the Kent and Sussex coast – are being encouraged to talk to their vet about vaccinating their animals against bluetongue this year.

In an updated assessment of the risk of serotype 8 of the bluetongue virus (BTV-8) entering the UK this year, Defra says that, while the risk is currently low, it will change as the summer progresses.

BTV-8 re-emerged in France in 2015, having been undetected in mainland Europe for five years. By May 5 …

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