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First case of bluetongue found in the UK

Date Published: 22/09/2007

Britain’s first reported case of bluetongue virus has been confirmed at a farm near Ipswitch.

The disease, which is spread to cattle, sheep, goats and deer by midges, has been found in a cow.

Its arrival is the latest blow to an already beleaguered industry and farmers are being urged by the Government to maintain strict bio-security and monitor their animals closely.

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