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A viral disease of sheep and cattle that is transmitted by biting insects and is characterized by fever, the formation of oral lesions, and swelling and cyanosis of the lips and tongue.


(Animals) an Australian lizard, Tiliqua scincoides, having a cobalt-blue tongue


(Veterinary Science) vet science a viral disease of domestic and wild ruminants transmitted by arthropods and characterized by reproductive problems or vasculitis. Sheep, which are most frequently affected, develop swelling of the face and a cyanotic tongue



a viral disease of sheep and cattle, transmitted by biting insects, characterized by high fever and a swollen, cyanotic tongue.
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Noun1.bluetongue - a viral disease of sheep and cattle that is transmitted by biting midges
catarrhal fever - any of several disease of livestock marked by fever and edema of the respiratory tract
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WELSH farmers have been urged to be vigilant following the first reported cases of bluetongue in ten years.
Bluetongue vaccines for sheep and cattle are now available across Britain, with supplies approved for use in vet practices.
Bluetongue virus (BTV) caused infection is commonly determined in ruminants including sheep and cattle.
To the Editor: Bluetongue is an arboviral disease of domestic and wild ruminants characterized by vascular injury that produces widespread edema and tissue necrosis (7).
BRITISH Blonde cattle from the North of England and Scotland are among the first cattle to be exported to Ireland since the change in the UK's bluetongue status.
BLUETONGUE restrictions on the export of sheep and cattle from Great Britain are to be lifted next month, Welsh Environment Minister John Griffiths has announced.
BLUETONGUE curbs on sheep and cattle exports from Britain are to be lifted next month.
The European Parliament approved, on 7 April, an update of the EU's existing rules on bluetongue disease (ovine catarrhal fever) to allow for more effective use of vaccines and to reduce red tape for farmers.
Rosselkhoznadzor - The Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance -- said: "Due to improvement of the bluetongue epizootic situation in the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria, Instruction No.
Bluetongue has been found in six imported cattle on a farm in Worcestershire, Defra confirmed yesterday.
So far this year France has reported 4,543 cases of bluetongue, including cases in Calais just over the English Channel.
FARMERS in Merseyside will be able to vaccinate their livestock against the insect-borne viral disease, Bluetongue.