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11 December 2023

Following routine surveillance, a further 2 cases of bluetongue in cattle have been identified on a farm near Cantley, Broadland, Norfolk.  A 10km temporary control zone (TCZ) has been declared around the premises and both animals will be humanely culled to minimise the risk of onward transmission. Movement restrictions apply to cattle, sheep and other ruminants.

This brings the total number of cases to 11 on 6 different premises. There is currently no evidence that bluetongue virus is circulating in Great Britain. Surveillance is ongoing. 

Legislation is now in place around movement of animals into and out of the temporary control zone. For up to date information on the location of the control zone visit the Defra website here. For a full list of FAQ’s linked to BTV-3, please visit Bluetongue Virus – Ruminant Health & Welfare (

Farmers in Kent are invited to join an update on Bluetongue hosted by the Farming Community Network (FCN) on Monday 11th December at Staple Village Hall, Mill Road, Staple, CT3 1LB from 7pm to 9.30pm. White Mill Vets will be in attendance to answer questions. APHA (Animal and Plant Health Agency) staff will be present at the meeting alongside NSA (National Sheep Association).
For further information please contact Matt Cullen on 07813 513893 or Debbie Broad on 07710 495238.

APHA Interactive Bluetongue virus map available here

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