Exotic Disease Threat

Scientists have predicted UK farmers and horse owners could be under threat from exotic diseases this summer, according to a report by Tom Heap on BBC’s country file.

Dubbed “the quiet killer”, experts are predicting bluetongue could return to British shores in warmer months and without protection, could devastate livestock and parts of the rural economy. The disease first arrived in the UK in 2007, causing fatal infections in sheep and cattle.

Pirbright Institute scientists researched how rising temperatures affect the spread of mosquito’s, which led them to believe bluetongue will be back on farms.