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Urgent Call to Farmers on Cattle Vaccination

08 October 2008

UK - An animal health expert in Northumberland has warned that the poor take-up of bluetongue vaccine in the county is potentially devastating for the region.

Northumberland Animal Health Divisional Veterinary Manager Peter Gray said yesterday that take-up of the vaccine has been “depressingly low”.

Northumberland County Council and Animal Health are now urging those farmers in the county who have not already vaccinated their livestock against the disease to do so as soon as possible.

With eight reported cases of infectious imported animals in the UK and over 15,000 cases of bluetongue having been reported in France so far this year the council warned that the potentially devastating threat to livestock is as real as ever.

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Source: JournalLive

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