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'Action needed' over bluetongue
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The disease was first detected in NI in an imported cow
The EU must take immediate action in the fight against the spread of bluetongue, Agriculture Minister Michelle Gildernew has said.

Twenty three cattle were culled in NI last week after they were found to be infected with the disease.

Ms Gildernew said people were working very hard to keep Ireland disease free.

She said: "European regulations are not adequate in light of findings that blue tongue is not just transferred by the midge population."

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