Bluetongue is a viral disease that affects ruminants, especially sheep. It can also affect cattle, goats, camels and wild ruminants. It has been named after one of the symptoms that can occur in the animal, which is a bluish coloration of the tongue.

Bluetongue does not affect people, nor is there any risk of the disease being contracted or spread through meat or milk.
 
Sheep are particularly susceptible to the disease, with diverse symptoms. Some sheep become seriously ill and die, while others exhibit hardly any symptom at all. In most cases the first symptom is high fever, followed by swelling and pain in and around the mouth, which in turn causes excessive salivation.
 
Please visit this page to know the answers to the most frequently asked questions  (“questions and answers”)  and to see useful links related to bluetongue or click here to download the PDF document "
 
Click on the link to read the statement of the animal health industry on bluetongue or click  here to download the document "IFAH-Europe statement on bluetongue"

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