Further case of Bluetongue in Great Britain a concern, says UFU

Tuesday, 16 October, 2018

The Ulster Farmers’ Union says the discovery of a further case of Bluetongue in Great Britain is concerning. UFU deputy president, David Brown said, “Farmers must remain vigilant and ensure they source animals responsibly. The two recent cases demonstrate that there are potential risks when importing animals from outside the UK or Republic of Ireland.”

The comments were made following confirmation that Bluetongue was found in a sheep imported from France to GB. The virus does not pose a threat to human health but it can have a serious impact on animal health. Signs of the disease are eye and nasal discharge, drooling, swelling around the head or mouth, lethargy and lameness.

“It is reassuring that the systems in place detected the disease quickly and swift action was taken. Northern Ireland has been Bluetongue free for a number of years and all cattle farmers want to keep it that way. Bluetongue is a notifiable disease and farmers should report any concerns immediately to DAERA,” said Mr Brown.