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Farmers beware as bluetongue is found

FARMERS in Scotland should remain watchful for signs of bluetongue virus following the detection of the condition in post-import checks in a number of cattle from France.

The Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) successfully picked up the infected animals through the post-import testing regime.

The Scottish Government said action was being taken to ensure there was no spread of the disease. A spokesperson said: ‘APHA is working closely with the livestock keepers affected to ensure that swift action is taken to prevent spread of the disease, with movement restrictions at affected premises, targeted surveillance and the humane culling of animals where necessary.’ Chief veterinary officer for Scotland Sheila Voas said: ‘Bluetongue does not pose a threat to human health or food safety, but can have a severe impact on affected farms.

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