What is Bluetongue?
Bluetongue is an insect-borne viral disease which can affect sheep, cattle and goats. Such ruminants become infected by being bitten by an infected midge. Bluetongue cannot be spread by or to humans or animals such as dogs. It is safe for you to walk in a Bluetongue restricted area.
How do the restrictions affect visitors?
No restrictions have been placed on access to the countryside as a result of Bluetongue. All areas covered by Open Access legislation are still open to visitors.
What should farmers do?
If you farm locally and need more information regarding the restrictions, please contact the Office of the Chief Veterinary Officer at the Welsh Assembly Government for more information on 02920 823593.
If you suspect you may have a case of Bluetongue, please call your local Animal Health Divisional Office in Cardiff on 029 20 768500 or in Carmarthen on 01267 245400.
This advice has been given by the Welsh Assembly Government. More information, including a map of the full restriction zone, is available on the Welsh Assembly website