BTV1Bluetongue virus serotype 1
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No vaccine for BTV1 is authorised for use in Britain but farmers can now import animals from France which may potentially harbour the deadly virus.
All farmers can protect their livestock against the BTV8 strain, but there is no vaccine approved for use in the UK against BTV1.
With that in mind why have they decided to push through the licenses for vaccines against BTV1 without issuing the tender for any suppliers?"The Government should do more to ensure livestock farmers vaccinate their flocks."
The five imported animals were suffering from the BTV1 type of the disease and were destroyed.
But there were more than 22,000 cases in France during 2008, and the BTV1 strain also appeared for the first time.
"NSA believes that in the absence of vaccine and with no BTV1 virus known to be circulating, halting imports into the UK from bluetongue areas is the only sensible and responsible thing to do, even if it is not in line with the wishes of the EU Commission or obeying the current regulation."
The disease type, known as BTV1, was found in five imported animals near Blackpool in Lancashire and the cattle have now been destroyed.
Also, the latest data and maps released by the French government show BTv1 appears to have jumped to the North West tip of the country.
The only cases so far this year of the devastating disease have been found in livestock imported from the continent, where two strains of the disease BTV8 and BTV1 are already present and spreading.
French authorities have recently reported 10 new cases of BTV, nine are BTV1 and one is BTV8.
He said: "While the current focus remains on vaccinating and protecting againstBTV8, the rapid spread of other strains - in particular BTV1 - is also a major cause for concern, given the current current supplies of and demand for vaccine against all strains.
At June 30, French authorities had reported 10 new cases of BTV, nine are BTV1 and one is BTV8.