The Bluetongue Virus | In Brief

by Edward Armstrong, National Assembly for Wales Research Service

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A recent outbreak of the Bluetongue virus in France has prompted a warning about the potential spread across the UK. What is Bluetongue and how could it effect farmers in Wales?

What is bluetongue?

Bluetongue is a disease caused by a virus that can affect all types of ruminant animals including sheep, cattle, deer, goats and camelids. It has no effect on horses and pigs and does not pose a health risk to humans.

The virus is spread by certain types of biting midges. These are most prevalent between the spring and summer months of May and October, heightening the risk of the disease spreading during this period…..

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