We must all remain vigilant, given the fact that this disease has crossed the sea to England probably from The Netherlands or Belgium. The Irish Sea will not present much of a barrier once the infection reaches the Northwest of England or North Wales.
The clinical signs of Bluetongue are listed below
Common clinical signs in both sheep and cattle:
- Eye and nasal discharges;
- Drooling as a result of ulcerations in the mouth;
- High body temperature;
- Swelling of the mouth, head and neck.
Sheep are more severely affected and those surviving can show;
- Bleeding into or under the skin;
- Inflammation and soreness at the junction of the skin and the horn of the foot;
- Respiratory problems - difficulty with breathing and nasal discharge.
A 'blue' tongue is rarely a sign of infection!
For the latest DEFRA news releases please see the DEFRA Bluetongue website pages
Please contact Agriculture on (01624) 685844 or via Agriculture@gov.im for further information.