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Bluetongue Disease: Vaccination

Volume 482: debated on Tuesday 11 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans he has to source vaccines to combat BTV6. (233870)

There is no vaccine currently licensed for use against Bluetongue virus serotype 6 (BTV-6) in Europe. DEFRA is in discussion with potential vaccine providers, the veterinary profession and industry stakeholders about plans for 2009.

Meanwhile DEFRA is pressing for strict control measures to contain the threat of BTV-6 and other BTV serotypes in the EU, and will continue to conduct post-import tests on all imported animals for all Bluetongue serotypes.

We also have an agreed policy for controlling incursions of any new serotypes under the existing Bluetongue Control Strategy, published last year, and which is being updated in the light of this year’s experience.