Bluetongue confirmed near Lowestoft

The bluetongue livestock virus has been confirmed by Defra at a farm near Lowestoft.It is the third case of the midge-borne disease to be found in Suffolk after two infected Highland cows were slaughtered at a rare breeds farm near Ipswich earlier this week.

The bluetongue livestock virus has been confirmed by Defra at a farm near Lowestoft.

It is the third case of the midge-borne disease to be found in Suffolk after two infected Highland cows were slaughtered at a rare breeds farm near Ipswich earlier this week.

Defra officials said that it would not be appropriate to allow farm-to-farm movements in Norfolk and Suffolk from 3.30pm today.

They have still refused to declare an outbreak of the disease “by the internationally-recognised definition”.

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