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BVA hails UK’s bluetongue-free status award

15th June 2011

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has welcomed news that Great Britain is to be officially ratified as free of bluetongue at the beginning of next month.

From July 5th 2011, the UK will no longer need to vaccinate any animals being exported to other bluetongue-free countries thanks to the elimination of the disease, or have to meet any other bluetongue requirements.

Harvey Locke, president of the BVA, stated that the turnaround from outbreak status in 2007 to freedom in 2011 is testament to the achievements of the government, farmers and vets in combating the disease.

However, he expressed concern over EU regulations meaning that vaccination will no longer be permitted in Britain once it is declared bluetongue-free, a situation that the BVA is calling on the government to protest against.

"We will continue to work with Defra to try to secure this change as soon as possible to allow vets and farmers to make the right choice to protect their herds," he said.

This comes after the BVA reacted positively to last month's news that the deadly disease rinderpest has now been completely eradicated globally.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-800580076-ADNFCR

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