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12.—(1) Where suspicion of bluetongue has been notified in respect of any animal or carcase, a veterinary inspector must serve a notice (‘a suspect case notice’) on either the occupier of, or keeper of any animal on, those premises (‘the suspect premises’), or both, requiring that—
(a)no animal enters or leaves the premises;
(b)an inventory of all animals on the premises is made, recording, for each species—
(i)the number dead;
(ii)the number alive; and
(iii)the number of those alive which are infected or likely to be infected with bluetongue;
(c)the inventory is kept up to date to take account of animals which are born or die, including details of the dates of birth and death of such animals;
(d)all animals on the premises are confined indoors except as directed by a veterinary inspector; and
(e)the premises and animals on them are subject to the midge control measures specified in the notice.
(2) The person making the inventory must also keep a record of it for at least two years from the date of the last entry.
(3) A veterinary inspector may serve a suspect case notice on the occupier of, or keeper of any animal at other premises (‘the contact premises’), or both, in the event that the location of those premises, their geographical situation or contacts with the suspect premises provides grounds for suspecting the possibility of contamination with bluetongue at the contact premises.
(4) A notice under paragraph (1) or (3) must not be revoked until the suspected presence of bluetongue has been ruled out by the Scottish Ministers.
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