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Animal importation
Stay vigilant for bluetongue
  1. John Fishwick,
  2. David Barrett,
  3. Nick Perkins and
  4. Iain Richards
  1. Senior Vice President, BVA, 7 Mansfield Street, London W1G 9NQ
  2. President, British Cattle Veterinary Association, The Glenmore Centre, 17 Jessop Court, Quedgeley, Gloucestershire, GL2 2AP
  3. President, Goat Veterinary Society, c/o Woolbarn, Shap Abbey, Shap, Cumbria CA10 3NB
  4. Senior Vice President, Sheep Veterinary Society, c/o Moredun Research Institute, International Research Centre, Bush Loan, Penicuik EH26 0PZ
  1. email: bvahq{at}bva.co.uk

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Colleagues will be aware of the threat to UK livestock from infectious diseases currently circulating in Europe. Last year we were unfortunate to see three consignments of livestock imported into the UK which were found to be positive for bluetongue virus serotype 8 (BTV-8) and it was only through the swift and very effective action taken by colleagues, working as government vets, that this disease was rapidly detected, and spread was prevented on each …

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