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Jane Barribal wrote: "I'm not sure the chances are remote at all!
Many cattle are housed in winter and where cattle are warm and cosy, midges and flies can thrive and nibble them.
Much as I hate the idea that these imported cattle have been culled, until we have a vaccine freely available for use it would seem culling is the only measure that could halt infected midges infecting any other stock within their range."
20 December 2007 ~ More imported Bluetongue infected cows - from the Netherlands
20 imported cows on a farm in Worcester. They have all been killed - but this does not seem to have been done in order to avoid enlarging the zones (Worcester is already within the Surveillance zone). It seems a pity that it was thought necessary to kill these cows. In winter, the chances of a midge biting one, becoming infected and passing the infection on are surely very remote? (Comment welcome ) What is certain is that infected livestock cannot spread the disease to other animals directly.
The Farmers Guardianreports that " ...The NFU have now called on Defra to ban imports from EU bluetongue zones until they have developed a strategy to ensure that imported livestock can be properly policed..." and the Worcester News also has the story.