Much has been said in recent weeks about the potential risks of importing Bluetongue virus (BTV8 or BTV4) into the UK and the importance of ‘safe sourcing’ cattle. Practicing vets have an important role to play informing clients and helping them manage potential biosecurity risks when purchasing cattle.
Information is key and the map below shows where the 2017 BTV8 and BTV4 cases have occurred, and the main risk areas in France and Switzerland.
The map was produced by APHA’s International Disease Monitoring Team who post regular updates which can be seen by clicking here.
It is of note that very few cases have been associated with clinical signs.
In the same region of France there has also been a recent case of BTV4 infection which is a concerning development.
For further general information on Bluetongue click here.