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Bluetongue Temporary Control Zone (TCZ) To Be Lifted

A temporary control zone (TCZ) set up in Kent following an outbreak of bluetongue is set to be lifted in the coming days.

The virus which affects livestock was found in five cows at two premises in Canterbury in November, with it later spreading to the Sandwich Bay area where a further three cows tested positive in December.

The temporary control zone stretched from Canterbury to Thanet and down to Dover, was set up by DEFRA in order to stop the spread of the virus.

The UK’s chief veterinary officer, Christine Middlemiss, has confirmed this will be lifted over the coming days. A similar TCZ in Norfolk will also be removed.

She said “As our bluetongue monitoring says we are now in the vector low-risk period we’re announcing that the Norfolk and Kent TCZs will shortly be lifted. In the coming days we will be in contact with farmers who have individual premises under restriction.”

Bluetongue is a viral disease spread by insects, which can infect sheep, cattle and goats. Strict rules are imposed on the movement of livestock from regions affected by bluetongue. Any animal which has tested positive have had to be culled to keep it from spreading. The virus does not pose a threat to humans or food. Some animals show no symptoms or effects at all – while for others, bluetongue can cause productivity issues such as reduced milk yield, while in the most severe cases can be fatal.

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