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Lancaster University set to host workshop highlighting risk of bluetongue epidemics

 

A North West university is hosting a day-long bluetongue workshop featuring a wealth of UK and international speakers.

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Following the release of a bluetongue vaccine for the UK last month, Lancaster University is set to host a workshop highlighting recent advances in the disease and how to control it through efficient protection zone limits.

 

Defra warned there was a high risk of an outbreak of Bluetongue towards the end of the summer as a result of infected midges being blown across the English Channel from France, where the disease has been present since last year.

 

While the disease affects all ruminants, particularly cattle and sheep, Defra stressed it poses no threat to human health and does not affect meat, milk or other animal products.

 

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The workshop includes guest speakers such as Christopher Sanders, from the Pirbright Institue, Helen Roberts from the International Disease Monitoring and Risk Assessment of Animal and Plant Health Agency, and Kate Searle from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.

 

Split into four sessions, the event will cover the control and animal health legislation, livestock and wildlife host dispersal, midge dispersal and the current outbreak of the disease in central France.

 

The workshop will end with a round table discussion on ’are the control and restriction zone limits efficient for bluetongue surveillance and eradication?’

 


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