Temporary Control Zone expanded to limit spread.
A sixth case of bluetongue virus serotype 3 has been confirmed in the UK.
The case was detected in an animal on a premises linked to one of the farms within the Temporary Control Zone (TCZ) currently in place near Canterbury, Kent.
In response, the Animal and Plant Health Agency has extended the TCZ. Investigations into the spread of the disease are ongoing.
The cases in Kent come at a time when a new strain of the virus has spread rapidly across farms in the Netherlands. Both the Government and the British Veterinary Association have urged livestock keepers to remain vigilant.
Bluetongue is a notifiable disease and suspected cases must be reported immediately on 03000 200 301 in England or 03003 038 268 in Wales. In Scotland, possible cases should be reported to the local field services office.
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