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Cumbrian cattle linked with TB outbreak

The Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA) have confirmed that a number of TB cases found in cattle across Great Britain are linked to a Cumbrian farm.

“We are aware of a number of TB positive cattle cases across GB, linked to the sale of dairy cattle from a herd in Cumbria at the end of February. AHVLA has taken robust and rapid action to identify, isolate and test all animals originating from this herd to minimise the spread of disease.

“The herd of origin in Cumbria has been placed under movement restrictions and TB testing of neighbouring holdings within a three kilometre radius is underway.

“Investigations are at an early stage and it would be premature to speculate on the origin of infection in the herd in Cumbria."

– Spokesman, Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency

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First case of Cattle Scab in 30 years discovered

Cattle Scab has been found in a Scottish Border's farm.

It's the first case to be confirmed in Scotland since the early 1980's.

Vets from Scotland's Rural College found the disease in two animals that have recently been imported.

Cattle Scab, also known as psoroptic mange, is caused by mites that pierce the skin to feed and cause immense irritation. The signs are similar to those of sheep scab.

Clusters of Cattle Scab have also been found in Wales, South West England and Yorkshire but this is the first in Scotland in 30 years.

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