The bluetongue virus has been detected in an imported cow on a farm near Middlesbrough.

The animal came from a protection zone in Lower Saxony, Germany, and was detected through routine post-import testing carried out on all Bluetongue susceptible animals entering the UK, Defra said.

“Importers need to carefully consider the potential risks to UK industry as a whole from importing animals from bluetongue restricted zones,“ said acting chief veterinary officer Fred Landeg.