Bluetongue Virus

Information - The Vaccine - What can I do now? - Movement Restrictions etc. (WAG)

1st September 2008

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29th August 2008

The Welsh Assembly Government has announced today, that from the 1st September 2008:

"Subject to current movement regulations animals can move freely within the Protection Zone in Wales and England. The protection provided by the Bluetongue movement controls will be removed and animals currently in the existing Protection Zone, including areas which have had cases of Bluetongue, will be able to move into all parts of Wales. Vaccination is the only protection against Bluetongue in the Protection Zone. Animals that have not been vaccinated can also move within the Protection Zone but it is highly desirable for as many animals as possible to be vaccinated in order to reduce their risk of spreading infection."

Vaccine will be available from the Office, please contact the Office for more details.

19th August 2008

Today the Welsh Assembly has announced that Wales will not be declared a Protection Zone before 31st August. If you wish to move animals to other free areas (Northern England and Scotland) you are advised to do so before then.

The Welsh Assembly have also produced a new leaflet - click here

We are now at the time of year when the risk of Bluetongue transmission is at its greatest. Please remember to consider products to reduce the risk to your stock (e.g. Swish).

Up to date information in Wales at www.wales.gov.uk. We will update this page as we know more.

10th August 2008

The Welsh Assembly has now advised that in early September the whole of Wales will become a Protection Zone in one step. This will minimise disruption to Autumn sales and you will then be able to vaccinate stock. This is all dependent on the availability of vaccine.

We are now entering the greatest risk period for Bluetongue transmission due to the increased activity of the midge.

Some useful points which we are frequently asked about:

  • Any animal (including unvaccinated) can move into a Protection Zone from a Free area.
  • Unvaccinated animals cannot move out of the Protection Zone into a Free area.
  • To move out of a Protection Zone animals must have been vaccinated at least 60 days earlier.
  • Unvaccinated animals can move freely within a Protection Zone.
Note: all movements subject to normal regulations including premovement TB testing and movement licenses.

Up to date information in Wales at www.wales.gov.uk. We will update this page as we know more.

18th July 2008

The Protection Zone is unlikely to be extended into South West Wales until at least the 17th August but it may be the beginning of September. Extension of the Protection Zone will only happen when vaccine is available (more than likely this will be Merial's BTV-8 vaccine). Vaccination is only allowed within a Protection Zone.

Some useful points which we are frequently asked about:

  • Any animal (including unvaccinated) can move into a Protection Zone from a Free area.
  • Unvaccinated animals cannot move out of the Protection Zone into a Free area.
  • To move out of a Protection Zone animals must have been vaccinated at least 60 days earlier.
  • Unvaccinated animals can move freely within a Protection Zone.
Note: all movements subject to normal regulations including premovement TB testing and movement licenses.

Up to date information in Wales at www.wales.gov.uk. We will update this page as we know more.

7th July 2008

Recent announcements by the Welsh Assembly have indicated that the next areas of Wales to be taken into the Bluetongue Protection Zone will include Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire but not Ceredigion.  When we are able to get vaccine we will then be able to issue it to clients within Carmarthenshire.  If you require vaccine please let the office know as soon as possible.  

Our advice is to vaccinate all stock on your holding.  Further information is available here as developments occur. 

1st May 2008

There is currently a lot of excitement and speculation about the supply and delivery of Bluetongue vaccine. Simply, the current situation is that there will be no vaccine issued to our area until we have cases of Bluetongue, we will then get placed in a Protection zone. If we do, then there may be some vaccine available but we do not know how much or it's cost. We are taking names of people wishing to register on the list for vaccines but urge people not to panic. Our hope is that Bluetongue will not develop into a significant disease in this country. At the moment, there are far more important disease issues, such as TB, worms and fluke etc. which we need to concentrate on.

More information www.bluetongue-info.co.uk including what to look for

Up to date information in Wales at www.wales.gov.uk

The Vaccine - Intervet's Bovilis BTV8

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What can I do now to reduce the risk of my ruminants being infected with Bluetongue?

Midge Control

Butox Swish (Intervet) is the only licensed for the the control of Midges on cattle. It should be applied every 4 weeks for protection. The latest research shows that a 2.5l pack of Swich can last for up to 4 years once opended and the smaller packs last for up to 2 years.

For sheep the only licensed treatment is OP (Organophosphate) dips. Deltamethrin-like products for sheep are formulated differently to Swish (e.g. Crovect and Coopers Spot-on). There is no research that they affect Midges, however we advise that it may be worth while protecting your sheep with one of these products. They may not prevent Midges biting and infecting your stock but they may reduce transmission within the flock.

Clik and Vetrazine are Insect Growth Regulators and have no affect against the Midges and offer no protection.

 

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