Bluetongue: information and guidance for livestock keepers

How to spot, report and prevent the spread of bluetongue, and information on current cases and movement restrictions.

Spot and report it

Find out about the signs of bluetongue and how you must report it.

Prevent it and stop it spreading

Read about steps you can take to help prevent your animals becoming infected with bluetongue virus and stop it spreading.

Cases and control zones

There have been 126 bluetongue cases in England on 73 premises in 4 counties. There have been 119 cases in cattle and 7 cases in sheep.

In Great Britain, bluetongue virus serotype 3 (BTV-3) has been found in Kent, Norfolk and Suffolk.

There is no evidence that bluetongue virus is currently circulating in biting midges in Great Britain. We are no longer in the seasonally low vector period. Our ongoing vector surveillance programme indicates that biting midges are active and feeding again in many areas due to the warmer spring weather.

There are no current bluetongue temporary control zones (TCZs) in force. Some animals at premises in south and east England remain under specific bluetongue restrictions.

Check the list of all bluetongue cases and control zones.

Register your animals

Contact the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) if you keep camelids (such as llamas or alpacas) or you’re unsure about the rules.

Moving animals and animal products

News, communications and webinars

Updates to this page

Published 7 May 2024
Last updated 25 June 2024 + show all updates
  1. Added link to risk assessment of airborne introduction of bluetongue virus.

  2. Added link to bluetongue guidance for shows and events in England in 2024 .

  3. First published.