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Disease outbreak

News and advice on notifiable disease outbreaks, such as Avian Influenza (Bird Flu), bluetongue and rabies.

What it's like working on the ground during a bird flu outbreak

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A bird flu warning sign on a metal fence. The sign reads 'Notice Avian Influenza Infected Place'

Between December 2016 and June 2017 the Animal & Plant Health Agency (APHA) England and Wales dealt with 13 avian influenza infected premises. Of the 13 confirmed cases, 12 were in England and one in Wales. APHA vet Alexandra Tocu talks about her experiences with two of the cases.

Bluetongue disease risk: we must remain vigilant (and what we can do)

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Sheep standing in straw looking at the camera

Following outbreaks last year in France, a recent Defra assessment shows we are again vulnerable to the bluetongue virus (BTV-8 type). Vets working on farms can help us monitor livestock health and advise farmers on vaccination. During the European outbreak …