bluetongue


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bluetongue

[′blü‚təŋ]
(veterinary medicine)
An arthropod-borne disease of ruminant species that is caused by a ribonucleic acid–containing virus in the genus Orbivirus, family Reoviridae; acute infection evokes high fever, excessive salivation, nasal discharge, hyperemia (buccal and nasal mucosa, skin, coronet band), and erosions and ulcerations of mucosal surfaces in the mouth.
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Britain is officially free of bluetongue, with the last outbreak occurring in the south of England in 2007.
I am urging our livestock farmers to keep an eye out for any signs of the disease and report any suspicions to their vet and the Animal and Plant Health Agency immediately, so we can work together to reduce the possible spread of Bluetongue this summer.
Bluetongue (BT) an arthropod-borne disease can also occur by biting midge Culicoides spp.
Culicoides and the global epidemiology of bluetongue virus infection.
The UK and Welsh Government will continue to press the EU to amend legislation to allow farmers to use vaccination when bluetongue zones are not in place.
The National Farmers' Union (NFU) said there was no evidence that bluetongue was circulating in the region and warned farmers to take extra care when importing animals.
Two million additional doses of the Bluetongue serotype 8 (BTV- 8) vaccine have been delivered.
Although bluetongue poses no risk to human health, the disease can prove devastating to flocks of sheep and an outbreak could harm the supply of UK meat.
There have now been 122 cases of bluetongue in the UK since the disease was first discovered near Ipswich, Suffolk last September, 56 of which have been identified this year.
Britain's first case of bluetongue was found on a farm in Ipswich in September.
Since 1999 there have been widespread outbreaks of Bluetongue in Greece, Italy, Corsica and the Balearic Islands.
Bluetongue disease was discovered in South Africa, but has spread to several other countries.